COVID-19 update for May 12: 515 new cases, two deaths | Ontario to stop providing first doses of AstraZeneca

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 12, 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 11:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 136,623 (6,020 active cases)
• New cases since May 10: 515
• Total deaths: 1,624 (2 new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 426
• Intensive care: 141
• Total vaccinations: 2,219,856 doses administered (110,516 second doses)
• Cases under public health monitoring: (not provided)
• Recovered from acute infection: 128,149
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 5

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B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

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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. – Almost a third of international air travellers allowed to skip quarantine hotel, but government won’t say why

Almost one third of all air travellers arriving in Canada have been allowed to skip the mandatory stay in a government-approved quarantine hotel, a rate of exemption from the controversial COVID-19 control measure that could undermine its public health goals.

About 88,000 arriving international air travellers were deemed exempt from the expensive hotel stay requirement, according to the most recent data from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The agency would not provide a breakdown of the reasons for these exemptions.

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The PHAC data shows at least 30 per cent of international air travellers, unlike others, didn’t have to show proof of a pre-booked and fully paid stay at one of the approved hotels near the airports in the four cities in Canada allowed to accept international flights: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

In addition, many travellers have outright refused to go to a mandatory hotel — at least 798 of them have been issued tickets in just Ontario and B.C., facing a $3,000 fine for each day of non-compliance, according to the latest data — and an unknown number are circumventing the rule by flying into the United States and crossing into Canada by land, after which a quarantine hotel stay is not required.

An infection prevention specialist questioned the effectiveness of a public health measure that ignores a third of the people it is designed to control.

Dr. Gerald Evans, chairman of the infectious diseases division at Queen’s University and medical director of infection prevention and control at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, said the quarantine hotel exemption rate is “quite high.”

“It would (undermine the policy) as this means about one third of travellers may not be quarantined effectively,” Evans said.

-Adrian Humphreys, National Post
12 a.m. B.C. reports 515 new cases, two more deaths

British Columbia reported 515 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and two more deaths, for a total of 1,624 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.

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There are 6,020 active cases of the disease in B.C., of which 426 are being treated in hospital, including 141 in intensive care.

All of those numbers have dropped significantly over the last week. On May 4, B.C. reported 7,161 active cases and 486 hospitalizations, including 173 people in ICU.

In a joint statement, B.C. health minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there have been 2,219,856 doses of vaccines administered in B.C., 110,516 of which are second doses.

“We are calling on every adult in our province to join our efforts and register for your vaccine today. Last week, almost 400,000 people registered for their vaccine. We can break that record this week,” the statement said.

12 a.m.– Ontario to pause first doses of AstraZeneca vaccines

Ontario’s top doctor says the province will stop giving out first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Dr. David Williams says the decision has been made out of an abundance of caution because of increased instances of a rare blood clotting disorder linked to the shot.

The move comes hours after Alberta said it won’t give out more first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for the time being because there aren’t any confirmed shipments coming.

The AstraZeneca vaccine has been linked to a new blood clotting syndrome that is extremely rare but can be fatal.

– The Canadian Press


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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