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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0031-000862
May 6, 2021
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

SURREY – Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia:

“Today, we are reporting 694 new cases, for a total of 133,619 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 6,802 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and a further 125,025 people who tested positive have recovered. Due to incomplete data, the number of people under public health monitoring and self-isolation requirements has not been included in today’s report.

“Of the active cases, 457 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 154 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Since we last reported, we have had 153 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 445 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 17 in the Island Health region, 52 in the Interior Health region, 27 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There has been one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 1,595 deaths in British Columbia. Our condolences are with the family, friends and caregivers of the people who have died as a result of COVID-19.

“1,995,496 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 95,868 of which are second doses.

“Our immunizations are going up quickly, and the ages for those who are eligible are rapidly coming down. Today, anyone 49 and older can book their vaccine. That will continue to decrease in the coming days.

“Our B.C. immunization committee and public health teams are actively looking at how, where and when to best incorporate youth aged 12-17 into our age-based program. Details will be provided once plans are finalized.

“We have had our first probable case of vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) following an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination. This is a rare but serious condition.

“There is a test and treatment, but of course recognizing symptoms and getting treatment early on is very important. If you have had a vaccine – any vaccine – in the last four to 28 days and are feeling unwell, call 811 or contact your health-care provider.

“Every vaccine helps protect you and those around you. We encourage everyone to get immunized with any of the COVID-19 vaccines as soon as you are eligible.

“To date, over 192,000 people in B.C. have completed the provincewide SPEAK survey, and we want to get that number up as high as possible. Please take a few minutes to complete the SPEAK survey before the May 9 deadline on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website at: www.bccdc.ca/covid19survey

“What we are doing in B.C. is working and bringing us closer to the end of this pandemic every day, so let’s keep our momentum going. Let’s continue to follow all of the public health measures, to get vaccinated when it is our turn and continue to push forward though this storm.”

Learn More:

Register for your vaccine now: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register
Or call 1 833 838-2323.

For more information about current COVID-19 travel restrictions, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/travel/current

Provincial Health Officer orders and guidance, visit:

Orders: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

Guidance on restrictions: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions

The latest vaccine information:

For vaccine information, visit the BCCDC dashboard: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data Or: www.bccdc.ca

The latest updates, guidance and information on COVID-19, and where to get tested:

The latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

For data regarding ongoing outbreaks in long-term care, assisted-living and independent-living facilities in B.C., visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data#outbreak

Mental health support:

Mental health and anxiety support: www.bouncebackbc.ca 
Or: www.anxietycanada.com
Or: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/mental-well-being-during-covid-19
Or: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/virtual-supports-covid-19

Non-health related information:

Financial, child care and education support, travel, transportation and essential service information: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.

COVID-19 exposure events, updates and information by health authority, visit:

BCCDC (flights, work sites, etc): http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures
Fraser Health: fraserhealth.ca/covid19exposure
Interior Health: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/public-exposures/
Island Health: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/outbreaks-and-exposures
Northern Health: https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/outbreaks-and-exposures
Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/public-exposures

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGovNews 
YouTube: www.youtube.com/ProvinceofBC

Two backgrounders follow.

 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 1
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0031-000862
May 6, 2021
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Immunization eligibility

Age-based program

Anyone 18 years or older may now register through the Get Vaccinated online system.

Appointments are now being made for people 49 and older, pregnant people 16 and older, Indigenous people 18 and older, as well as people who have received a letter indicating they are clinically vulnerable.

First responder and worker program

Health authorities are contacting workplaces to arrange for workers to be vaccinated. This program is continuing to be phased in, focusing on communities that are highest risk.

AstraZeneca pharmacy program

In addition to the age-based and worker programs, vaccinations are expanding for people aged 30 and up who are now also eligible to receive their AstraZeneca vaccine at participating pharmacies, with supply. This is being done after a careful review of the evidence that initially led to a pause in the expanded AstraZeneca vaccine program for younger workers.

Participating pharmacies are listed on the BC Pharmacy Association website: https://www.bcpharmacy.ca/resource-centre/covid-19/vaccination-locations

High-transmission communities

In addition, specific AstraZeneca vaccine clinics will be established in the 35 communities with the highest identified in-community transmission. People 30 and older who reside in those communities will be able to get vaccinated there. For a complete list of the 35 communities, as well as information to assist in determining if you reside in one of these communities, go to: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/neighbourhood

Anyone 30 and older in the following community health service areas can also be vaccinated at several specific clinics that are being set up. The service areas include:

Fraser Health – 19 communities

  • Abbotsford Rural
  • Burnaby Southeast
  • Burnaby Southwest
  • Central Abbotsford
  • Cloverdale
  • East Abbotsford
  • East Newton
  • Fleetwood
  • Guildford
  • North Delta
  • North Surrey
  • Panorama
  • Port Coquitlam
  • South Langley Township
  • South Mission
  • West Abbotsford
  • West Newton
  • Whalley
  • Willoughby

Interior Health – three communities

  • Golden (born in 2003 or earlier, 18 and up)
  • Rutland
  • Summerland

Northern Health – four communities

  • Dawson Creek (born in 2003 or earlier, 18 and up)
  • Fort Nelson Population Centre (born in 2003 or earlier, 18 and up)
  • Fort St. John (born in 2003 or earlier, 18 and up)
  • Fort St. James North (born in 2003 or earlier, 18 and up)

Vancouver Coastal Health – nine communities

  • Cedar Cottage
  • Grandview-Woodland
  • Hastings-Sunrise
  • Kensington
  • Killarney
  • Renfrew-Collingwood
  • Squamish
  • Sunset
  • Victoria-Fraserview

People living in these communities must register for their vaccine appointments using the Province’s Get Vaccinated registration and booking tool and will be invited to book an appointment on the same day they register. The fastest way to register and book is online at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register

People can confirm whether they live in a high-transmission neighbourhood prioritized for immunization by entering their postal code: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/neighbourhood

Only those with eligible postal codes will be able to receive a vaccine through the high-transmission neighbourhood program.

 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 2
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0031-000862
May 6, 2021
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Independent and assisted-living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings and acute-care facilities with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

Independent and assisted-living, long-term care homes and seniors’ rental buildings:

Vancouver Coastal Health – no facilities

Fraser Health – one facility

  • Dufferin Care Centre (second occurrence)

Northern Health – no facilities

Interior Health – three facilities

  • Orchard Haven
  • Sandalwood Retirement Resort
  • Spring Valley Care Centre

Island Health – no facilities

Acute-care facilities:

  • Dawson Creek and District Hospital
  • Lions Gate Hospital
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
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