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289 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.; 35 in Interior Health

B.C. health minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provide an update on COVID-19, Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
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May 25, 2021 - 4:08 PM

B.C. health officials reported 289 new cases of COVID-19 today, 35 of which are within the Interior Health region, raising the provincewide total since the start of the pandemic to 142,636.

Of these, 3,782 are active cases and 301 people are currently hospitalized with 93 of whom in intensive care.

There has been one new COVID-19 related death, raising the provincial death toll to 1,680.

To date, 2,927,487 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to adults 18 and over in B.C., 148,580 of which are second doses.

"This means 64.6% of all adults have received their first dose, or 59.8% of those 12 and older," provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement issued today, May 25.

Vaccination rates are key to the province's four-step Restart Plan.

"Our path forward is a collective effort and we all have a role to play - slowing community transmission by each of us getting our first and second doses of vaccine and continuing with our safety layers, in combination with public health teams actively contact tracing and containing new clusters and outbreaks," Dr. Henry and Dix said.

"As cases continue to decline and immunizations steadily rise, we are moving forward with purpose, monitoring our progress to ensure we remain on track... We are not yet through this storm, but the end is in sight. We are getting closer every day, and now there is a clear roadmap for how we'll get there."

Of all the cases announced today, 70 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 176 were in the Fraser Health region, three were in the Island Health region, four were in the Northern Health region and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.

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