COVID-19 update for May 6: 572 new cases, no deaths | Road checks begin

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 6, 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 May 5:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 132,925 (6,877 active cases)
• New cases since May 4: 572
• Total deaths: 1,597 (no deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 481
• Intensive care: 161
• Total vaccinations: 1,943,230 doses administered (93,656 second doses)
• Cases under public health monitoring: (not available)
• Recovered: 124,252
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 9

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IN-DEPTH:COVID-19: Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

COVID-19: Afraid of needles? Here’s how to overcome your fear and get vaccinated

COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

COVID-19: Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021

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.

3 p.m. – Health officials are set to share latest figures on COVID-19 in B.C.

Health officials are expected to update the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province.

12 a.m. –Roadside travel checks start

The B.C. RCMP will set up COVID-19 travel restriction road checks on four highways starting on Thursday.

In a prepared statement, B.C. RCMP spokesperson Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said there was a ban on non-essential travel between the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and North/Interior due to COVID-19.

The “COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Road Checks” will be located on Highway 1, near Boston Bar, Highway 3 in the Manning Park area, Highway 5 in the Old Toll Booth area, and Highway 99 in the Lillooet area.

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Shoihet said there would be signage before each road check advising of the upcoming stop, with safe u-turn routes close by.

12 a.m. – 572 new cases reported Wednesday, no deaths

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 572 new cases of COVID-19 and no deaths on Wednesday. She said there were 6,877 active cases in B.C., of which 481 were in hospital, including 161 people in intensive care. Most of the new cases were in Fraser Health (362), followed by Vancouver Coastal Health with 118 cases.

Henry said B.C.’s COVID-19 death toll was actually three fewer than the 1,597 reported on Tuesday due to a data correction.

B.C. is expected to hit the two million vaccination point over the next two days. So far, 1,943,230 doses have been administered at a rate now of between 30,000 and 40,000 a day.


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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