Published: Fri, May 28, 2021
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B.C.’s daily COVID-19 cases continue decline, with 250

B.C.’s daily COVID-19 cases continue decline, with 250

The total number of active cases in 3,580.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the restrictions that were lifted Tuesday include allowing indoor and outdoor dining for up to six people, indoor gatherings with five personal visitors and in-person faith-based gatherings, at reduced capacity. Infection rates peaked in early April, while hospital admissions increased and intensive care units filled with patients.

Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind spikes and dips in new cases, are down by 13 per cent from last Wednesday, when 340 people were in hospital with the disease.

There are now 3,543 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 286 people are hospitalized, 88 of whom are in intensive care. Another 34 per cent were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

Island Health identified the locations of 92 of the active cases Thursday, including 32 in the South Island, 37 in the Central Island and 23 in the North Island.

So far, 2,979,951 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 152,010 second doses.

Nearly three million of the more than four million people eligible to receive COVID-19 immunization in B.C. have had their first shot.

British Columbians will also be encouraged to travel across the province at that time.

Henry said that while it is "always preferable" to have the same type of vaccine for first and second doses, it may not be possible for everyone.

Henry and Dix urged British Columbians to register for a vaccine and book an appointment if they haven't already, calling immunization "the foundation of our approach" to getting life back to normal again. "But we know that some issues with shipments of Moderna might mean that people who received Moderna in one of the mass clinics - the large community clinics - may be offered Pfizer for their dose two".

Officials have said on pace to beat its July 1 timeline to get a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible residents aged 18 and older.

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