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B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix provides a COVID-19 update as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry looks on, Dec. 17, 2020.
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May 11, 2021 - 4:16 PM

B.C. health officials are reporting 515 new cases of COVID-19 today, 65 of which are in Interior Health, for a total of 136,623 since the start of the pandemic.

Of these, there are 6,020 active cases of COVID-19, 426 people are currently hospitalized and 141 of whom are in intensive care. 

There have been two new COVID-19 related deaths, raising the death toll to a total of 1,624. 

There are still three ongoing outbreaks within Interior Health.

The Sandalwood Retirement Resort independent living in Kelowna has 28 cases: 26 residents and two staff, with one death connected to the outbreak. Orchard Haven long-term care in Keremeos has two cases: one resident and one staff. Spring Valley long-term care in Kelowna has 35 cases: 25 residents, 10 staff/other, with three deaths connected to the outbreak.

Additionally, 2,219,856 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 110,516 of which are second doses.

Health Minister Adrian Dix explained, May 10, that there is a lot of vaccine coming into B.C. these days. At the end of last week B.C. received 135,600 doses of Moderna, that had been expected this week.

This week, B.C. is expecting 274,950 doses of Pfizer, next week, the week starting May 17, 276,120 doses of Pfizer are anticipated to arrive, and at the end of that week after May 20, there will be 141,300 more doses of Moderna. Then in the final week of May, starting May 24, B.C.is expecting 273,780 doses of Pfizer.

"What that tells you is that a lot of vaccine is coming to BC, and the importance of getting registered," he said. 

As of Monday, total vaccine registrations in BC was at 2,391,122 and since last there were Monday 389,299 new registrations.

"Our clinics are ramped up and we have ample vaccine supply. Now, it is your turn to step forward and get protected with your COVID-19 vaccine," provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement issued today, May 11.

"We are calling on every adult in our province to join our efforts and register for your vaccine today. Last week, almost 400,000 people registered for their vaccine. We can break that record this week."

They noted the number of people protected with a COVID-19 vaccine is going up every day, and the number of people requiring care in hospital is trending down.

"This is what we want to see and what we want to keep going," Dix and Dr. Henry said.

"Like it has been since the start of the pandemic, small efforts make a big difference: taking two minutes to register, getting vaccinated when it is your turn, staying small and staying local. Together, we'll get through this storm."

To register to get vaccinated to his B.C. government website, or call 1-833-838-2323.

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