COVID-19 update for May 10: Here’s the latest on coronavirus in B.C.

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 10, 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.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


As of the latest figures given on May 7:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 134,341 (6,757 active cases)
• New cases since May 6: 722
• Total deaths: 1,602 (seven new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 455
• Intensive care: 157
• Total vaccinations: 1,995,496 doses administered (95,868 second doses)
• Cases under public health monitoring: (not available)
• Recovered: 125,799
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 7


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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.


2:15 p.m. –  “Hello, I am a B.C. resident.” What it’s like to have an Alberta licence plate in B.C. right now

Some B.C. residents with Alberta licence plates have become creative to avoid confrontation with those who might assume they are disregarding provincial travel restrictions.

Wendy McLellan was out for a walk in her Victoria neighbourhood when she noticed a car with an Alberta licence plate. Beneath the distinctive tag for “Wild Rose Country” was a homemade sign reading, “Hello, I am a B.C. resident.”


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McLellan said the sign made her feel a little sad. “Why are humans so judgmental?” she posted on Facebook.

Homemade signs and bumper stickers have been seen on vehicles with Alberta licence plates since B.C. health officials first advised people not to travel outside their community early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 23, B.C. introduced its strictest travel orders yet, prohibiting people from travelling between three zones, including a combined zone for Vancouver Coastal Health and the Fraser Valley, another for the Northern and Interior health regions and a third for Vancouver Island. Anyone travelling for non-essential reasons could face a $575 fine.

The travel restrictions do not prohibit interprovincial travel, which means there are no penalties for Albertans or any out-of-province travellers who come to B.C. unless they cross regional boundaries.

– Glenda Luymes

2 p.m. –  Winnipeg, Brandon schools ordered to move online Wednesday 
Schools in Winnipeg and Brandon, Man., are being ordered to move classes online starting Wednesday and continuing until May 30 as Manitoba battles a worsening third wave of COVID-19.

Education Minister Cliff Cullen and chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the move in Winnipeg on Sunday, along with new public health measures that impact schools elsewhere in the province.

Cullen said while the government has prioritized keeping schools open during the pandemic, the move was prompted by increasing COVID-19 spread that’s infecting more young people and sending more patients to intensive care units.


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– The Canadian Press

11:30 a.m. – From record deaths, to almost none: U.K.’s COVID success gives Canada hope for the future

On May 3, the British government announced that only one person had died of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours.

It was a sharp turn around in a little over three months, from the country’s worst ever death toll in the pandemic, to almost none.

It’s also something, health experts say, Canadians can look to with hope.

“The U.K. shows the best way forward for Canada,” said Dr. Fahad Razak, an internal medicine specialist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

The way, said Razak, is about getting more vaccines into arms, and keeping smart public health measures in place for as long as possible, to let the vaccines do their thing.

In January, the U.K. saw record numbers of new cases, deaths, hospitalizations and intensive care admissions. They were three to five times the worst numbers Canada has ever seen.

On January 8, more than 68,000 people were diagnosed with COVID-19, on Jan. 20, more than 1,820 people died. There were that month, more than 39,000 people in hospital on the worst day, and more than 4,000 in intensive care.

Now, after half the British population has had a single vaccine dose, one-quarter have had two, and the entire country faced a strict lockdown with a gradual, staged, reopening, the U.K.’s picture isn’t just better, it’s a whole new world.

Every one of those statistics is down. New cases? Down 96 per cent. Deaths? Down 99 per cent. Hospitalizations and ICU patients? Down 97 per cent.


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“This is the remarkable effect of getting those vaccines into people’s arms, and effective and smart restrictions on public health measures,” said Razak. “This is the effect, you’re seeing it right now.”

Britain, like Canada, is one of the only countries in the world to delay second doses for several months, so that more people can get protected from at least one dose faster.

– The Canadian Press

9:30 a.m. – More B.C. flights added to COVID-19 exposure list

The B.C. Centre of Disease Control has listed nine more recent flights, including a float plane, that have been flagged for potential COVID-19 exposure.

The affected flights were:

  • April 26: Air Canada 215, Calgary to Vancouver
  • April 29: Air Canada 8622, Vancouver to Winnipeg
  • May 1: Air Canada 301, Montreal to Vancouver
  • May 2: Air Canada 213, Calgary to Vancouver
  • May 3: WestJet 129, Calgary to Vancouver
  • May 3: Harbour Air Seaplanes 611, Vancouver to Nanaimo
  • May 4: Air Canada 213, Calgary to Vancouver
  • May 4: WestJet 3171, Calgary to Comox
  • May 4: WestJet 115, Calgary to Vancouver

Those who were on board a domestic flight with a confirmed case are not required to self-isolate but must monitor closely for possible symptoms.


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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