COVID-19 update for May 7: 684 new cases, one death | Report shows B.C. CDC withholding data from the public

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 7, 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 6:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 133,619 (6,802 active cases)
• New cases since May 5: 684
• Total deaths: 1,598 (one death)
• Hospitalized cases: 457
• Intensive care: 154
• Total vaccinations: 1,995,496 doses administered (95,868 second doses)
• Cases under public health monitoring: (not available)
• Recovered: 125,025
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 7

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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.

5 a.m. – B.C. Hydro report raises safety concerns as pandemic prompts jump in yard work 

A new report from B.C. Hydro says a concerning trend is emerging as British Columbians seek relief from COVID-19 restrictions by sprucing up the yards around their homes.

The Crown utility says electrical contact incidents involving weekend tree trimmers, gardeners and landscapers have soared 30 per cent since the pandemic hit last March.

The report says tree trimming is the most common offence as novice pruners drop branches across power lines, frequently causing outages.

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More than 100 reports linked to what B.C. Hydro calls “backyard logging” have been received since March 2020, but the utility
suspects the number is much higher.

It says a survey conducted last month found a quarter of British Columbians, about 1.3 million people, have had either a close call or actual contact with power lines or electrical equipment at some point.

Distribution lines through neighbourhoods can carry up to 25,000 volts while smaller service lines to homes can pack a potentially lethal 240 volts, but Hydro’s research says most people don’t know three metres is the minimum safe distance from any properly functioning line for both people and equipment.

-The Canadian Press

12 a.m. – Leaked reports show B.C. health authorities withholding data from the public

A pair of internal reports leaked from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control highlights that health authorities in B.C. are only releasing a fraction of their available COVID-19 information to the public.

The internal reports — each of which runs over 45 pages — are four times longer than the weekly reports published by the Centre. They delve into the details of COVID-19 case counts and vaccinations at the neighbourhood level, breakdowns about variants of concern, and more.

-Nathan Griffiths

12 a.m.B.C. woman hospitalized after AstraZeneca shot as 694 new cases reported

A woman in her 40s has become the first person in B.C. to develop blood clots after taking the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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Dr. Bonnie Henry said the chance of developing an AstraZeneca-related blood clot are one in 100,000 and that blood clots are identifiable and treatable. She said the woman developed the clot between five and six days after she was vaccinated, and went to her family doctor with symptoms.

Henry said there were 694 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. on Thursday and one additional death. There are now 6,802 active cases of the disease, of which 457 are being treated in hospital including 154 in intensive care. Henry said hospitalizations and active cases are falling.

-David Carrigg


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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