COVID-19: Fraser Health accounts for 75 per cent of new cases reported Tuesday

Fraser Health is the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in B.C.

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Fraser Health accounted for three quarters of all COVID-19 cases reported on Tuesday — despite its catchment serving 35 per cent of B.C.’s population.

The provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said 285 of the 411 new cases of COVID-19 reported over the past day had been in Fraser Health.

Vancouver Coastal Health — which cares for 25 per cent of B.C.’s population — accounted for less than 10 per cent of Tuesday’s cases, with 37.

B.C.’s seven-day average daily case count continues to fall, with Fraser Health holding 1,000-dose pop-up clinics in hard hit areas like north-west Surrey.

Henry said there were 4,890 active cases of the disease in B.C. and there had been two new deaths — bringing that total to 1,650. The number of active cases continues to fall. There were 360 COVID-sick people being treated in hospital, including 127 in intensive care.

Henry reported one new COVID-19 outbreak — at the Cherington Place nursing home in Surrey — making six active health facility outbreaks.

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As of Monday, there have been 2,566,936 doses of vaccine administered in B.C., of which 131,837 are second doses.

All British Columbians aged 12 and over are eligible for a vaccination, with those aged 18 and over eligible to book an appointment. Parents of people aged 12-18 are expected to be able to book later this week.

“First doses are well underway and second doses will be coming soon,” Henry said. “With a large, steady vaccine supply and an assurance that most people have their first dose, we will be able to look at how we may be able to accelerate delivery of second doses. We’re monitoring this closely and will have more to share in early June.”

Henry has promised all British Columbians will be able to get their second dose within four months of getting their first.

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