COVID-19: B.C. records 740 new cases, four additional deaths

B.C. recorded 740 new cases and four additional deaths on Friday, closing a month of stubbornly high case counts and record hospitalizations.

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B.C. recorded 740 new cases and four additional deaths Friday, closing a month of stubbornly high COVID-19 case counts and record hospitalizations.

Out of 7,886 active cases, 511 people are in hospital, down from a high of 515 reported on April 28. Among hospitalized patients, 174 are in intensive care, a slight dip from the record 178 set April 29.

The new cases were reported in Vancouver Coastal Health (163), Fraser Health (431), Island Health (32), Interior Health (92) and Northern Health (22).

The latest figures bring the total of COVID-19 cases in B.C. to 129,482 and the death toll to 1,581.

More than 119,700 people have recovered from the virus, and nearly 40 per cent of eligible people have received their first dose of a COVID vaccine.

In a joint statement, health officials urged everyone in B.C. to register on its Get Vaccinated website or over the phone so they can be notified when it’s their turn to book an appointment. This applies to people who got their vaccine before the provincial booking system was set up, people who received their first dose through a pharmacy and people waiting for their first or second dose.

“Once you are in the system, you will be notified when it’s your turn to book an appointment to receive your first, or your second, dose of the available vaccine,” said the statement. “This applies to all immunization streams, including the pharmacy stream.”

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