Vancouver Island Adds 61 New COVID-19 Cases, 1 Weekend Death – fr

Vancouver Island Adds 61 New COVID-19 Cases, 1 Weekend Death – fr

VICTORIA – British Columbia health officials on Monday identified 61 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island area.

The new cases were among 2,174 cases found in the province over the weekend.

Of those cases, 835 were reported on Saturday, 671 were confirmed on Sunday and 668 were added on Monday.

The island’s health region has now reported 4,726 cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic. There are currently 265 active cases on Vancouver Island, including 15 people hospitalized for treatment, and five others requiring intensive care.

Island Health identified the locations of 212 active cases on Monday, including 111 on the South Island, 83 on the Central Island and 18 on the North Island.

Health officials say 15 people died from COVID-19 in British Columbia over the weekend, bringing the death toll in the province to 1,596.

One death has been reported on Vancouver Island, according to Health Minister Adrian Dix.

“As always, our condolences and thoughts are with the families who lost a loved one over the past weekend,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Administrator.

British Columbia has now administered 1,877,330 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including 91,731 second doses.

Henry says British Columbia has reached an “encouraging new point in our vaccine supply,” with more than a million doses of vaccine expected to arrive throughout May.

She encourages residents to register for their vaccine appointment, noting that all adults in British Columbia are eligible to register. Starting Monday, the province is making vaccine appointments for people aged 54 and older.

“Anyone in British Columbia aged 18 and over is eligible and should register on our Get Vaccinated website,” she said.

“With the arrival of more vaccines this week, these meetings will also accelerate,” she added.

British Columbia’s leading physician added that the province is considering shortening the interval between a person’s first and second dose of vaccine, which is currently set at 16 weeks. Shortening the time between vaccine doses will depend on vaccine shipments and deployment rates, Henry says.

Henry noted that there had been a hiccup in the province’s vaccine rollout plan, but said the program had been largely successful.

“In a way, we built a spaceship like we flew it,” she said.

She noted that COVID-19 cases have been declining “slowly but surely” and that British Columbia is “starting to descend on the other side” of the steepest pandemic wave it has seen to date.

However, she warned that all medical prescriptions should continue to be followed until more people in the province have received their first dose of the vaccine.

As transmission begins to decline, British Columbia’s health minister says the number of daily cases is still of concern.

“These numbers are still too high, far too high,” he said.

Dix added that the strain on the province’s healthcare system continues to weigh on healthcare workers, more than a year after the start of the pandemic.


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