BC tops 3,000 new COVID-19 cases in the province since Friday

State reports more than 600 virus cases since Friday

State reports more than 600 virus cases since Friday

The new COVID-19 cases push the total number confirmed in the county to 19,996, according to Public Health data.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry extended her condolences to the families who lost loved ones over the weekend. This is a record for COVID-19 patients in intensive care, with total hospitalizations close to the record set at the peak of the second wave in January.

Clark County recorded 156 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths since Friday, according to Clark County Public Health.

"If you live in the Lower Mainland, you should not be travelling to the island".

On the vaccine front, more than 1.1 million doses have been administered in B.C.so far. Henry said the resort community has continued to see transmission, "despite our ongoing efforts at outbreak management". "And we can look towards the summer, when we'll have opportunities to be together again", she said.

There were also 18 new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 1,513 deaths in British Columbia.

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According to the Ontario government website, there are now 2,028 COVID-19 cases reported in the last 14 days. Since that time, Ottawa Public Health has reported 2,346 new cases of COVID-19.

In the initial weeks of the vaccine rollout, residents had to wait more than a month between when they signed up to get the vaccine and when they could actually schedule an appointment.

"For us that has mean taking only as much restriction as we need to suppress the virus and ensure that our healthcare system is functioning and people are protected as best we can".

Henry urges anyone who is eligible to receive an AstraZeneca vaccine at a B.C. pharmacy to get one.

"That's nearly 24 per cent of those eligible to be vaccinated in B.C. It's 85 per cent of those over 80, over half of those over 65 have been vaccinated".

Since the online vaccine portal opened on April 6, 730,000 people have registered and 200,000 have booked their shot.

Health minister Adrian Dix said while overall hospital capacity to care for people suffering from the virus is manageable, he said several Lower Mainland hospitals are now near capacity.

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