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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0037-001045
May 28, 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 317 new cases, for a total of 143,581 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 3,441 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and a further 138,360 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Of the active cases, 292 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 79 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Since we last reported, we have had 73 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 163 new cases in the Fraser Health region, five in the Island Health region, 60 in the Interior Health region, 16 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There have been two new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,692 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.

“There is one new outbreak at Brookside Lodge (Fraser Health).

“3,106,269 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 160,885 of which are second doses. This means 67.2% of all adults and 62.7% of those aged 12 and older have now received their first dose.

“This has been a milestone week in B.C.’s COVID-19 pandemic response. Our restart plan began, our surgical renewal strategy resumed and we have started the accelerated delivery of second doses to people throughout the province.

“We have a roadmap and now we must stick to the path: doing what we can to further slow the spread of COVID-19 and break the chains of transmission in our communities.

“The virus is still spreading with new cases and clusters, which is why using our layers of protection and getting vaccinated – especially in this time of transition – is so important.

“We are moving to a different and better place for all of us, so let’s continue to do our part to get there as soon as we can. Together, we will restart B.C. and put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us.”

Learn More:

Surgical renewal:

For the PowerPoint for the surgical renewal update, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Covid19_surgical_renewal_update_May_27.pdf

To view Progress Report 10, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/surgical-renewal-progress-report-Feb-March-2021.pdf

To view Progress Report 11, visit:  https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/surgical-renewal-progress-report-March-2021.pdf

BC's Restart plan:

To see the May 25, 2021, presentation, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/files/BCRestartPlan.pdf

The latest vaccine information:

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

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

Provincial health officer's orders and guidance:

To see the May 20, 2021, presentation, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/files/20210520_PHO-Presentation.pdf

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 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.

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
2021HLTH0037-001045
May 28, 2021
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Immunization eligibility

Age-based program

Anyone 12 years or older may now register and book their appointment online: https://gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated
Or by calling 1 833 838-2323 (between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Pacific time).

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 at highest risk.

AstraZeneca pharmacy program

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

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

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 2
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0037-001045
May 28, 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:

Active outbreaks:

Vancouver Coastal Health – no facilities

Fraser Health – three facilities

  • Brookside Lodge (second occurrence)
  • Chartwell Carlton Care (second occurrence)
  • Cherington Place (second occurrence)

Northern Health – one facility

Heritage Manor

  • Interior Health – one facility

Spring Valley Care Centre

  • Island Health – no facilities

Acute-care facilities:

  • Lions Gate Hospital
  • Richmond Hospital
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
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