COVID-19 update for June 4: B.C. inches toward 80 per cent of eligible residents being vaccinated | 199 new cases, two deaths | Second dose of AstraZeneca available Monday

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 June 3:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 144,866 (2,563 active cases)
• New cases since June 2: 199
• Total deaths: 1,709 (two new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 224
• Intensive care: 62
• Total vaccinations: 3,426,824 doses administered; 229,585 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 140,537
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 6

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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. – B.C. inching toward 80 per cent of eligible residents receiving a first dose

B.C. is edging close to 80 per cent of those eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine getting their first jab. And experts say the province should push to reach 90 per cent to achieve “practical” herd immunity.

Herd immunity, or population immunity, is normally considered the point at which enough people are vaccinated or have immune protection from previous infection so that the disease will not spread through the population. It varies for viruses.

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Simon Fraser University epidemiologist Caroline Colijn said Thursday that reaching herd immunity for COVID-19 where there is no transmission at all is not likely, but reaching a “practical” herd immunity is possible.

It is a world in which there may be some cases and occasionally people end up in the hospital, but there are no lockdowns, the health care system is not overwhelmed, and people can return to a more normal life, she said.

“I think that kind of practical herd immunity is within reach, and we can reach it so much better if we can get to 90 per cent or well above 80 per cent,” said Colijn, a Canada 150 research chair in mathematics for evolution, infection and public health with SFU.

Closer to 100 per cent is even better, she said.

But it means finding all those who would take a vaccine but are hesitant or face some kind of barrier, said Colijn.

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12 a.m. – Cases of COVID-19 declining in B.C.

Health officials said Thursday there were 199 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths.

There are now 2,563 active cases of the disease, of which 224 are being treated in hospital including 62 in intensive care.

All these COVID-19 figures are improving.

As of Wednesday, 71.8 per cent of adults in B.C. have received at least one dose of vaccine and 229,585 people have received their second dose for maximum protection (just over five per cent of adults).

One third of doses injected on Wednesday were second doses.

12 a.m. – Second doses of AstraZeneca vaccine available in B.C. on Monday

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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said people who received an AstraZeneca vaccine for their first dose will be able to receive a second AstraZeneca dose as of Monday.

However, if they choose to receive an mRNA vaccine instead (Pfizer of Moderna), that will be permitted.

People who received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for their first dose and are due for their second may have to receive the Pfizer vaccine instead, the provincial health officer said on Thursday.

Dr. Bonnie Henry said “spotty issues with supply of Moderna” would lead to cases over the next few weeks where people will only have a choice of the Pfizer vaccine.


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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