May 18, 2021-15: 32
British Columbia health officials reported 411 new cases of COVID-19 today, including 69 within Interior Health, for a total of 140,075 since the start of the pandemic.
There are 4,890 active cases, with 360 people hospitalized for COVID-19. Of these 127 people are in intensive care.
There were also two new deaths linked to COVID-19, bringing the death toll from COVID to 1,650.
To date, on May 18, 2,566,936 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in British Columbia, of which 131,837 are second doses.
“The more people who get vaccinated, the safer we are, which is why we want to beat vaccination records in our province. Whether you are in northern British Columbia, the Okanagan, Vancouver Island or the Tri-Cities, the simple step of getting ourselves vaccinated will allow us to slowly begin to ease the restrictions we have in place. place, ”said Dr Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix, in a joint statement.
“The first doses are well underway and the second doses will be arriving soon. With a large and steady supply of vaccines and the assurance that most people get their first dose, we will be able to see how we can speed up the delivery of the second doses. . We are monitoring this closely and will have more to share in early June. “
As they have been doing for several weeks, Dix and Henry have said social gatherings should be limited this coming May long weekend and they are encouraging those who can sign up for the vaccination to do so, so the pandemic can. be put back in the past.
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