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No new COVID-19 deaths in B.C.; 799 new cases

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides an update on COVID-19 on July 6, 2020.
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April 27, 2021 - 5:02 PM

B.C. health officials are reporting 799 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday, with 96 in the Interior Health region, raising the provincial total to 127,048 since the start of the pandemic.

There are 8,089 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 11,792 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. Of the active cases, 500 people are currently hospitalized, and 164 of them are in intensive care.

There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths.

Additionally, the number of vaccinated British Columbians has risen. To date, 1,671,128 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 89,457 of which were second doses.

"Our limited AstraZeneca supply is being used in some of these 'hot spots,' as well as for our provincewide pharmacy program. Starting today, the AstraZeneca vaccine will be available to anyone 30 and older, starting with some of the 'hot spot' community clinics. As we receive enough AstraZeneca to add appointments at pharmacies, it will be made available to anyone in the province aged 30 and older," provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement issued today, April 27.

"We know demand for the AstraZeneca vaccine is high in many areas. Unfortunately, available supply through pharmacies in some regions will continue to be limited until additional supplies come in."

Everyone is encouraged to register for their vaccine. Everyone in B.C. who is 18 years and older is now eligible to do so on the Get Vaccinated website.

In the province's age-based program, anyone 59 and older can now take the next step of booking their appointment. We encourage you to do that right away. Our worker program continues with targeted clinics underway. This program will be further expanded as significantly more vaccine starts to arrive in our province next week.

Health authorities are also using the available vaccine supply to target 'hot spot' communities that have been hardest hit by COVID-19 with dedicated clinics in many locations.

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