COVID-19 update for May 1-2: Vaccines begin for 50 + | 740 new cases, 511 in hospital, four deaths

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for May 1, 2021.

We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on April 30:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 129,482 (7,886 active cases)
• New cases since April 26: 740
• Total deaths: 1,581 (4 new death)
• Hospitalized cases: 511
• Intensive care: 174
• Total vaccinations: 1,749,375 doses administered (90,296 second doses)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 11,727
• Recovered: 119,785
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 12

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B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

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COVID-19 FAQ: What you need to know about the vaccine rollout in B.C.

COVID-19: Have you been exposed? Here are all B.C. public health alerts

COVID-19 at B.C. schools: Here are the school district exposure alerts

COVID-19: Avoid these hand sanitizers that are recalled in Canada

COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 IN B.C.

5 a.m. – Vaccine bookings to begin for 50+ over the next week

Everyone in the province 50 years and older (born 1971 or earlier) registered to get a COVID-19 vaccine will be receiving an email or text notification in the coming week inviting them to book an appointment, as the province’s age-based program moves ahead.

People must be registered through B.C.’s Get Vaccinated system to get an email or text notification prompting them to book an appointment when it is their turn. Anyone who is not registered should register in one of three ways:

People 50 and up can expect to start receiving the email and text notifications on the following days:

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  • Friday, April 30: 56 and up (1965 or earlier)
  • Sunday, May 2: 54 and up (1967 or earlier)
  • Tuesday, May 4: 52 and up (1969 or earlier)
  • Thursday, May 6: 50 and up (1971 or earlier)

5 a.m. – Road checks to be set up on high-traffic highway corridors

Road checks will be set up on high-traffic highway corridors between B.C.’s three regional zones as part of its plan to enforce a travel ban to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the provincial government announced Friday.

B.C. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth announced orders a week ago to limit non-essential travel between three regional zones — a combined zone for Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Valley, another one for the Northern/Interior regions and a third for Vancouver Island — until May 25.

12 a.m. – 740 new cases, 511 in hospital, four deaths

B.C. reported 740 new coronavirus cases in the province on Friday, as well as four additional deaths.

Out of 7,886 active cases, 511 people are currently in hospital with COVID-19, including 174 in intensive care.

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

The death toll from COVID-19 in B.C. is now 1,581.

There are 119,785 people who had tested positive for the virus, and are now recovered.

On the vaccination front, more than 1,786,722 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered. Nearly 40 per cent of eligible British Columbians have received a first dose.

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B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

– With files from The Canadian Press

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