COVID-19 update for May 27: Henry concerned about interprovincial travel | Indoor faith services to resume with 50 people | 250 new cases and three deaths

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 24, 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 26:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 142,886 (3,580 active cases)
• New cases since May 25: 250
• Total deaths: 1,683 (3 new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 296
• Intensive care: 97
• Total vaccinations: 2,979,951 doses administered; 152,010 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 137,517
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 6

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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: Look up your neighbourhood in our interactive map of case and vaccination rates 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. – Interprovincial travel carries risk for B.C. as Alberta eyes full reopening by July: Dr. Bonnie Henry

B.C.’s provincial health officer admits there is a risk that interprovincial travel could increase COVID-19 transmission after Alberta announced an ambitious reopening with all public health restrictions to be lifted there by early July.

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However, Dr. Bonnie Henry said the pace of vaccinations here makes it a manageable risk.

“Yes, we do know travel spread things — even within B.C. we saw travel spreading this virus,” Henry told Postmedia News on Wednesday. “It is a risk, but I also think it is something that we can manage.”

B.C.’s gradual four-step reopening — which now allows people to dine indoors, gather indoors with up to 10 people or outdoors with up to 50 people — envisions fairs, festivals, bingo halls, casinos and nightclubs resuming operations by July 1. But it predicts a full return to normal only by Sept. 7, as long as more than 70 per cent of British Columbians 18 and older are vaccinated with their first dose.

By contrast, Alberta’s three-step plan, unveiled Wednesday, allows for all public health restrictions to be lifted two weeks after 70 per cent of eligible Albertans 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. Premier Jason Kenney predicted, based on vaccination supply and bookings, the benchmark could be reached by late June or early July.

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12 a.m. – B.C.’s COVID-19 metrics keep improving

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 250 new cases of COVID-19 and three deaths on Wednesday. The case count peaked at 1,317 a day just over a month ago. Active cases and hospitalizations are falling.

Henry said there are 3,580 active cases in B.C., of which 296 are being treated in hospital including 97 in intensive care.

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There have been 1,683 deaths in B.C.

Henry said there were 52,464 doses of vaccine administered on Tuesday, including 3,430 second doses.

12 a.m. – Indoor faith services to resume this weekend with 50 person limit

Indoor faith services will be allowed to resume this weekend with 50 people or fewer, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told Postmedia News.

The province will provide a public health variance for faith communities which will allow them to exceed the current limit of 10 people indoors. Physical distancing and masks will be required.

“We’ll be coming out with the variance for indoor-based services that can start this weekend,” Henry told Postmedia News in an interview Wednesday. Henry said she’s been working closely with faith leaders to come up with a plan for a safe reopening under B.C.’s restart plan. Those conversations have been “really, really helpful,” she said.


B.C. MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE COUNTS, VACCINATION RATES


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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