COVID-19: B.C. cases continue decline with 183 cases, 224 hospitalizations

Demand for the vaccine in B.C. is high. About 72 per cent of all adults in B.C. have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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B.C.’s COVID-19 cases continued to drop as vaccinations rise, with nearly 3.5 million doses of vaccines shot into people’s arms.

On Friday, B.C. recorded 183 new cases — the fourth straight day the daily figure has stayed below 200.

Hospitalizations stayed steady at 224, while the number of patients needing critical care dipped slightly to 59.

One person has died from COVID-19 in the past 24-hour reporting period, adding to a provincial death toll that now stands at 1,710.

Meanwhile, Interior Health declared a new outbreak in unit 3E at Kelowna General Hospital after two patients and one staff tested positive for COVID-19.

An ongoing outbreak at Spring Valley long-term care home in Kelowna, first declared April 26, has now grown to 48 cases, including 36 residents and 12 staff. Eleven people have died.

Meanwhile, about 72 per cent of all adults in B.C., and nearly 70 per cent of those age 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. So far, 3,488,884 doses have been administered, with nearly 256,800 being second doses.

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“Our goal is to get as many people as possible fully vaccinated with their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as we can,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Health Minister Adrian Dix in a joint statement.

Health officials say June will be a busy time for clinics, which will continue giving out first doses for those 12 and older, while also starting to administer second doses to elders, seniors, and people deemed clinically extremely vulnerable.

Earlier this week, Henry said people who received the AstraZeneca vaccine for their first jab can choose to get a second AstraZeneca shot at their local pharmacy or receive an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine instead.

People who received an initial dose of Moderna vaccine may choose to go with Pfizer for their second dose because of supply problems with Moderna.

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