COVID-19 update for May 28: B.C. cuts wait time for second vaccine in half | 378 new cases, seven deaths | Surgeries to resume June 7

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 27:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 143,264 (3,543 active cases)
• New cases since May 26: 378
• Total deaths: 1,690 (7 new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 286
• Intensive care: 88
• Total vaccinations: 3,032,811 doses administered; 156,730 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 137,929
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 6

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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. – Pockets of Metro Vancouver lag when it comes to vaccinations

Vancouver and Richmond are the last two municipalities in the Lower Mainland with neighbourhoods where less than 60 per cent of residents have received their first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest figures from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

Five of the 10 Metro neighbourhoods with the lowest vaccination rates are in Vancouver. Four are in Richmond. And UBC is the other.

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Northeast False Creek continued to struggle with relatively high case rates — 15 cases a day for every 100,000 people) — and a relatively low vaccination rate, 51 only of adults).

The UBC neighbourhood has the lowest vaccination rate in the province, with only 37% of adult residents getting a jab as of May 24. Young adults, who only recently became eligible for a shot, are overrepresented in the neighbourhood, however. Vaccination rates for older residents in the neighbourhood are comparable to rates in other neighbourhoods, according to a spokesperson for Vancouver Coastal Health.

-Nathan Griffiths

12 a.m. – Got a vaccine shot somewhere else? No problem, says B.C. Just get registered. 

The B.C. health ministry said British Columbians who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine outside of the province should register through the Get Vaccinated system so they’ll be notified when it’s time for their second dose.

Those who received both shots elsewhere should still register on the system, so their vaccination can be recorded in the provincial immunization registry.

To get a vaccine dose recorded, people can call the Get Vaccinated system at 1-833-838-2323 and inform the operator of their vaccination status.

12 a.m. – B.C. cuts wait time for second vaccine dose in half to 8 weeks

British Columbians will now get their second vaccine dose within eight weeks, much earlier than the 16 weeks originally announced in March when vaccine supply was low.

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“We now have sufficient confirmed deliveries of vaccine in our age-based program — that’s the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines — that we can move up the interval,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Thursday.

Those at greatest risk from COVID-19 will be prioritized for a second dose, including seniors, Indigenous people and people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, Henry said. About 400,000 people in this category will start receiving invites to book their second shot, she said.

The province is in the process of providing second doses to people in long-term care and health care workers and Henry expects everyone living in long-term care will be fully immunized within the next few days.

 — Katie DeRosa

12 a.m. – B.C. hospitals to resume regular surgical operations by June 7

B.C. hospitals that diverted surgical beds and resources to cope with a third wave of COVID-19 will be resuming regular operations by June 7, and patients who had their surgeries cancelled can expect those procedures to be rescheduled soon, according to  Health Minister Adrian Dix.

In late April, as the province braced for a surge in COVID cases, nine hospitals in the Lower Mainland postponed non-urgent surgeries. As of May 23, 2,153 patients are waiting for their procedures to get rescheduled.


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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