British Columbia Adds 357 COVID-19 Cases, Lowest One-Day Total Since February – fr

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British Columbia Adds 357 COVID-19 Cases, Lowest One-Day Total Since February – fr


VANCOUVER – British Columbia added 357 new cases of COVID-19 and three related deaths in the past 24 hours, health officials said Thursday.

The last time British Columbia recorded a lower number of new coronavirus cases in a single day was on February 16, when the province recorded 302 new infections.

Thursday’s total is also the first time British Columbia has seen less than 400 cases per day since March 8, when 385 new cases were added to the total.

The latest figures carry British Columbia’s seven-day moving average of 449 daily new cases.

The province has now recorded 140,953 cases and 1,661 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Currently, there are 4,636 active cases in the province. A total of 331 people are fighting COVID-19 in hospital, including 113 in intensive care.

Provincial Health Officer Dr Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix provided the latest figures during a live briefing with Premier John Horgan in Victoria.

The trio also announced British Columbia’s plan to immunize youth ages 12 to 17.

British Columbia administered 2,687,360 doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Thursday, Henry said. Of these, 138,906 were second doses. That means just over 58% of eligible adults in the province have received at least a first dose, according to Henry.

The provincial health worker also provided data on the effectiveness of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in people over the age of 70 in British Columbia.

“After three to four weeks, or 21 to 28 days, with a single dose, the risk of someone in our community transmitting SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) has been reduced by 70% Said Henry mentioned. “This means that we are preventing more than two of the three new infections. “

She said the numbers show BC’s vaccination program to be “very effective” but also serves as a reminder that vaccines need time to take effect.

Knowing this, it’s important to “stay the course” on the restrictions, Henry said.

Horgan began Thursday’s press conference by reminding people that travel restrictions and other rules that are part of British Columbia’s “breaker” are expected to stay in place until the end of the May long weekend.

“As a province, we have come a long way in the past 15 months,” said the Premier. “We still have a way to go, but we are so close. “

He said he would join Henry and Dix in another announcement on BC’s plan to ease restrictions on Tuesday.

“Now is not the time to let go because we are doing so well and going so far,” added Henry. “We all need to stay local, stay small and continue to use all of our layers of protection. “

Henry announced a new outbreak of COVID-19, at the Chartwell Carlton Care Residence in Burnaby. She also announced the end of two more outbreaks, leaving the province with four ongoing outbreaks in nursing homes.

In a separate statement earlier today, Fraser Health announced that a resident and staff member at Carlton had tested positive for the coronavirus.

The provincial health worker also announced that some outbreaks in recent months had not been publicly reported, which she said would be corrected on Thursday.

“It has come to my attention over the past week that there have been several outbreaks in assisted living that have been dealt with over the past few months and that have been aggressively managed as we do for all outbreaks, but which were not reported or published in our outbreak. reports, ”Henry said.

She specifically mentioned two outbreaks in the Vancouver Coastal Health area, Terraces on Seventh and Chalmers Lodge in Vancouver.

“Full steps have been taken by local public health and my public health colleagues to manage these facilities, but they have not yet been included,” said Henry. “We want to make sure all of these outbreaks are included in our outbreak reports, and they will be added today for transparency. ”

CTVNewsVancouver.ca is broadcasting the press conference LIVE NOW.

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