COVID-19 update for June 8: B.C.’s vaccination program enters a new phase | B.C. prepares for shift to epidemic | Delta variant that ravaged India not taking over in B.C. | 481 cases, 12 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.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on June 4:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 141,663 (2,102 active cases)
• New cases since June 3: 481
• Total deaths: 1,722 (12 new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 199
• Intensive care: 63
• Total vaccinations: 3,635,795 doses administered; 314,246 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 140,835
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 8

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B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

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COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

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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.

7 a.m. – B.C. charities call on government to share vaccines with poor countries 

Two B.C. charities are calling on the federal government to help countries struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic access vaccines.

Vancouver-based Acts for Water and Thrive for Good, a B.C. charity working in East Africa, are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to call on countries to better fund vaccine distribution in countries that don’t yet have vaccines at the G7 Summit this Friday.

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“We are watching a potential calamity unfold in slow motion,” said Jeff Golby, a spokesperson for Acts for Water.

He said while more than 72 per cent of British Columbians have received a first vaccine, countries like Uganda stand at less than two per cent.

“This unequal access to vaccines is a staggering collapse for those in danger, putting the least protected at the greatest risk for the longest period of time,” he said, in a statement.

Golby noted that less than 0.5 per cent of global vaccines have so far gone to lower-income countries, and they are pleading with British Columbians to remember the plight of people abroad even when vaccines begin to allow a return to normalcy at home.

5 a.m. – Here’s what you need to know about getting your second dose in B.C.

B.C.’s vaccination program entered a new phase Monday, as the province opens appointments for the second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

For a Q & A on the second dose read Nathan Griffiths’ story HERE.

5 a.m. – B.C. prepares for shift to epidemic as case counts drop and vaccination rate grows

B.C.’s COVID-19 pandemic is inching toward its conclusion.

On Monday, the deputy provincial health officer, Dr. Réka Gustafson, reported falling daily case numbers, falling active cases and hospitalizations and almost three quarters of the adult population now partly or fully vaccinated.

She said public health monitoring and management would shortly begin to change from all-out pandemic mode to a more-routine approach.

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“From a public health perspective, as long as we continue on this trajectory, we will be aiming to shift our approach from pandemic emergency response to sustainable public health management,” Gustafson said.

She said that in an immunized population, COVID-19 would become a manageable communicable disease much like other diseases for which people are routinely vaccinated.

-David Carrigg

5 a.m.– Delta variant that ravaged India is not taking over in B.C. 

The former U.K variant of COVID-19 now known as Alpha accounts for half the cases in B.C., while the India variant now called Delta is just over four per cent.

According to B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s latest variant report, there have been 765 cases of the Delta variant identified in B.C., compared to 9,292 cases of the Alpha variant.

Deputy provincial health officer Dr. Réka Gustafson said all cases in B.C. are variants of the original virus that arrived in B.C. in January, 2020.

12 a.m. – 12 deaths and 481 new cases reported in B.C. over the weekend 

Deputy provincial health officer Dr. Réka Gustafson says 39 per cent of youth aged 12-17 in B.C. have received one dose of Pfizer vaccine. Seventy four per cent of all adults have received at least one dose, while 314,246 have received their required two doses for maximum protection.

Gustafson said there were 481 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. over the past three days and 12 deaths. There are 2,102 active cases of the disease, of which 199 are being treated in hospital including 63 in intensive care.

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There were 146,000 doses of vaccine administered over the past three days, bringing the total as of Sunday to 3,635,795.

Gustafson said that as the pandemic starts to peters out COVID-19 will become an endemic disease that is always around but can be managed.


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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