British Columbia increases vaccination workforce as province registers 559 new cases of COVID-19

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British Columbia health officials on Tuesday announced 559 new cases of COVID-19 and one other death.
Provincial health administrator Dr.Bonnie Henry also announced in a live press conference on Tuesday that she had issued a public health order increasing the number of health care professions capable of administering a COVID-vaccine. 19.

Retired dentists, midwives, pharmacy technicians and nurses are now among those who will be able to join the immunization workforce over the next six months.

Henry says no additional deaths have been recorded in long-term care homes – a reflection of the success of vaccinations in these settings.

“I think this is the time to think about it, as we start to receive more and more vaccine products, that we have delivered all the vaccines as they arrived,” he said. she declared.

A total of 1,336 people in British Columbia have lost their lives to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Provincial health administrator Dr Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix have estimated the number of hospital patients at 238 people, including 69 in intensive care.

There are currently 4,677 active cases of coronavirus in the province. There are now 12 active outbreaks in long-term care facilities and five in acute care units in hospitals.

Uptick in cases

The number of new cases reported daily in British Columbia has trended upward in recent weeks, to the point that the number of active cases and the moving average of new cases are at their highest in a month.

Officials said in a statement Monday that the test positivity rate was increasing, reaching 6.8% province-wide on Sunday. In the Northern Health Region, 12.9% of the tests were positive.

Assistant Provincial Health Administrator Dr. Reka Gustafson and Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside held a last-minute press conference to discuss the discovery of a faster-spreading variant of COVID-19 on Monday first reported in the UK in positive cases in seven schools in Surrey and Delta.

They said there was so far no evidence that the variants were passed down to these schools.

To date, there have been 101 confirmed cases of variants in British Columbia


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