In a written statement, Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health administrator, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix said there are currently 3,580 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in British Columbia. A total of 296 people are hospitalized, including 97 in intensive care.
Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind peaks and declines in new cases, are down 13% from last Wednesday, when 340 people were hospitalized with the disease.
The number of intensive care patients is down by about 18% from 118 a week ago.
So far, 2,979,951 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 152,010 second doses.
Henry and Dix urged British Columbians to sign up for a vaccine and make an appointment if they haven’t already, calling vaccination “the foundation of our approach” to returning to normal life.
“It’s equally important that our approach is focused and measured when we spend time with others – keeping our socialization with a small number of people, going out as much as possible, and taking extra care if our family and friends are more at risk, ”they said.
“Every day we get closer to what we want to be, so let’s continue our individual and collective efforts. “
The provincial death toll from the disease is now 1,683 deaths out of 142,886 confirmed cases.
Roadmap for the reopening
British Columbia recorded the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since February on Tuesday and the provincial government presented a four-step reopening plan that could allow people to re-socialize normally as early as September.
The four stages outlined by the province are a roadmap for spring and summer, paving the way for a return to family reunions, small celebrations, fuller restaurants, and freer travel for the first time as well. one year.
From now on, residents can once again dine indoors, go to the gym for low-intensity workouts, play outdoor sports, and organize in-person church gatherings – though all of these activities have yet to take place at a smaller scale with security protocols in place. .
The restart plan depends entirely on the decrease in the number of cases, the decrease in hospitalizations and the vaccination of 70% of the population. It is also based on the assumption that the variants do not significantly alter the health outcomes of patients with COVID-19 or the effectiveness of vaccines.
If the data moves in the right direction, travel restrictions in British Columbia could be lifted in Stage 2 – around June 15 at the earliest. Traveling to Canada would be acceptable in step 3, around July 1. Virtually all public health orders could be scrapped as early as September 7.
Officials said British Columbia is on track to exceed its July 1 deadline to get a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible residents aged 18 and over.
Registration can be done online through the Get Vaccinated portal, by calling 1-833-838-2323, or in person at any Service BC location.