In a written statement, Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health administrator, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix said there are 6,877 active cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia. The province has not recorded any new deaths.
Hospitalizations, which typically lag behind peaks and declines in new cases, remain high at 481, including 161 in intensive care.
Overall, hospitalizations are down about 7% from last Wednesday, when 515 people were hospitalized with the disease.
The number of intensive care patients is down about 6% from 171 a week ago.
On March 29, the province implemented a “circuit breaker” type lockout, which included a break from indoor meals and indoor group fitness activities for adults.
Henry said this week that the province is starting to see efforts from the restrictions, which will remain in effect until May 25.
The provincial death toll from the disease stands at 1,594.
The province did not have data available Wednesday on the number of people under public health surveillance.
Henry and Dix said the COVID-19 outbreaks at Craigdarroch Nursing Home in Victoria and Acropolis Mansion in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, are now over.
Adolescents to be vaccinated
As of Wednesday, 1,943,230 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, of which 93,656 are second doses. About 43% of eligible British Columbians have now received a first dose.
Henry confirmed on Wednesday that teens will now be part of British Columbia’s immunization plan.
Earlier today, Health Canada approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in people aged 12 to 15 years. It is the first vaccine to be licensed for this younger age group.
The vaccine was already approved for people 16 and older, but British Columbia had reserved vaccines for people aged 16 and 17 who are clinically vulnerable.
Henry said about 300,000 people aged 12 to 17 in British Columbia will now be eligible to receive vaccines.
She said the kids might be able to get them before the end of the school year, although the details have yet to be worked out.
The province also announced Tuesday that pregnant British Columbians aged 16 and over can now reserve a photo.
Online appointments are not available for pregnant women, but they can call the province’s reservation line at 1-833-838-2323 to secure a spot.
Anyone 18 and over in British Columbia can register for their immunization now if they haven’t already. This can be done online through the Get Vaccinated portal, by calling 1-833-838-2323, or in person at any Service BC location.
Signing up for a vaccine is not the same as making an appointment to get the vaccine. Once registered, users receive a confirmation code. They then wait for an email, text or call telling them they are eligible and can then book their vaccine appointment using this code.