COVID-19 update for June 5: Cases continue to decline | Heartbreak at Surrey’s ICU | 183 new cases, one death

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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As of the latest figures given on June 4:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 145,049 (2,453 active cases)
• New cases since June 2: 183
• Total deaths: 1,710 (one new death)
• Hospitalized cases: 224
• Intensive care: 59
• Total vaccinations: 3,488,884 doses administered; 256,725 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 140,835
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 7


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5 a.m. – Meet the doctors and nurses — and the heartbreak — inside Surrey’s ICU

Joe Trudeau is hooked up to a half dozen machines and other medical equipment.

There’s the one attached to the ventilator that helps him breathe. Plus a dialysis machine, and a monitor showing his heart rate and blood pressure. There are chest tubes, intravenous pumps, and a purple bag containing the nutrients that flow into his large intestine.

Trudeau is 49 years old.

As of Friday, he’d been in the Surrey Memorial Hospital critical care unit for 42 days and had been on a ventilator for 32.


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“He was a healthy 240-pound man. Loved life. Loved his children. Worked hard for his family. Now he has dwindled, the COVID has taken a toll on him, … He’s lost about 100 pounds,” said his wife Karla Trudeau.

“That virus, it’s deadly. Deadly. My husband is in the ICU and I’m not even sure if he’s ever coming back. That’s my message: Don’t take things for granted. … Really think about your life that you have with your family. How precious it is.”

Trudeau is one of the many seriously ill COVID-19 patients who flooded intensive-care units during B.C.’s menacing third wave. The number of admissions across the province fluctuated between 30 and 50 during the winter months of 2021, but dramatically rose in April: 66 in the first week, 94 in the second, 107 in the third. The ICU admissions remained stubbornly high until mid-May, when the wave started to dissipate.

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12 a.m. – For the fourth day in a row, B.C. recorded less than 200 COVID-19 cases Friday.

Health officials said there were 183 new cases, bringing active cases in the province to 2,453. Of the active cases, 224 are in patients who are hospitalized, including 59 in critical care.

One person died over the 24-hour reporting period. The overall death toll in B.C. now stands at 1,710.

Demand for the vaccine is high, said Health Minister Adrian Dix and B.C. chief provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.



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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