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572 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.; 57 in Interior Health

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix provides a COVID-19 update as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry looks on, Feb. 1, 2021.
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May 05, 2021 - 3:44 PM

B.C. health officials are reporting 572 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. with 57 of them being in the Interior Health region.

That raises the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 132,925. There are 6,877 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and of these 481 individuals are currently hospitalized. There are 161 people in intensive care. 

There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,594 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

To date, 1,943,230 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 93,656 of which are second doses.

"We have three highly effective and safe vaccines available in our province, and the more people who receive their vaccine, the faster we will get to the point where COVID-19 is no longer disrupting our daily lives," provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement issued today, May 5.

"As more people become eligible and more vaccines are approved, we will continue to update our provincewide program, including integrating people 12 to 17 years old, now that the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine has been approved for use in this age group. With additional supply now available, we're accelerating our delivery and we also need you to do your part. We all need to register to reserve our spot and book our vaccine as soon as we are eligible.

They're asking people to spread the word and share their vaccine-day photos to show their friends and family.

"Getting vaccinated when it is our turn, using our layers of protection, staying small and local, and following all of the public health measures is what will see us through this storm," they said.

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