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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0035-000914
May 13, 2021
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

VICTORIA – 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 587 new cases, including one epi-linked case, for a total of 137,810 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 5,691 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. A further 130,310 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Of the active cases, 413 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 141 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Since we last reported, we have had 126 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 365 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 21 in the Island Health region, 60 in the Interior Health region, 15 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There have been five new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,632 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.

“2,335,513 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 119,691 of which are second doses.

“While all of our vaccines are safe and effective, there have been a small number of rare but serious adverse events following immunization. We have had a second case of vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia following an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination. The patient is a male in his 40s. He is in stable condition and receiving care and treatment in the Fraser Health region.

“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 so you can get assessed as quickly as possible.

“Today, anyone 30 and older can book their vaccine. On Friday at 7 p.m. (Pacific time), booking invitations will begin for people who are registered and are born in 1996 or earlier (25 and up). On Saturday at 7 p.m., booking invitations will begin for people who are registered and are born in 2001 or earlier (20 and up) and on Sunday at 7 p.m., booking invitations will begin for people who are registered and are born in 2003 or earlier (18 and up).

“Our program is built around a risk-based approach, and we have seen big benefits from vaccination in our highest-risk populations.

“We are working hard to ensure everyone has their first dose as quickly as possible, but there is still lots of virus circulating in our communities. So until we’re all protected and our community transmission slows, we need to continue with our COVID-19 safety basics. Let’s get registered, get vaccinated, wash our hands, wear our masks and stay small and local.”

Learn More:

To see the May 13, 2021, PowerPoint presentation, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/files/20210513_PHO-Presentation.pdf

To view the latest registration numbers by age, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/files/5-10-21_vaccine_registration.pdf

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:

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
2021HLTH0035-000914
May 13, 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 being made for people 30 and older, Indigenous people 18 and older, pregnant people 16 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, people aged 30 and up are eligible to receive their AstraZeneca vaccine. However, given the current limited availability of the AstraZeneca vaccine supply, all remaining AstraZeneca vaccine is being held for dose-two booster immunizations. Participating pharmacies are listed on the BC Pharmacy Association website: https://www.bcpharmacy.ca/resource-centre/covid-19/vaccination-locations

High-transmission communities

Anyone 18 and older in the community health service areas outlined below can also be vaccinated at specific clinics. People living in these communities must register for their vaccine appointments using the 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.

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
  • Rutland
  • Summerland

Northern Health – four communities

  • Dawson Creek
  • Fort Nelson Population Centre
  • Fort St. John
  • Fort St. James North

Vancouver Coastal Health – 12 communities

  • Britannia Beach
  • Cedar Cottage
  • D'arcy
  • Grandview-Woodland
  • Hastings-Sunrise
  • Kensington
  • Killarney
  • Pinecrest Estates
  • Renfrew-Collingwood
  • Squamish
  • Sunset
  • Victoria-Fraserview
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 2
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0035-000914
May 13, 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 – no facilities 

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

 
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