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799 British Columbians test positive for COVID-19 Tuesday, 500 in hospital

Last Updated Apr 27, 2021 at 5:48 pm PDT

FILE: A person wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 as they walk past the emergency department of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver Wednesday, November 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — The daily case counts for COVID-19 continue to slowly trend down as B.C. reports 799 COVID-19 infections since Monday.

Hospitalization rates remain high at 500, and of those, 164 are in the ICU.

There are no additional deaths.

There are 8,089 active cases of COVID-19 with 11,792 people are under public health monitoring because they’ve been exposed to the virus.

In total, 127,048 COVID-19 cases have been recorded through the pandemic, 1,571 people in B.C. have died and 117,150 people have recovered.

So far, 1,671,128 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered and of those, 89,457 are second doses.

Related Article: COVID-19 vaccinations in B.C.: What you need to know

If you are over 18-years-old, registration for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines is now open. And in the province’s age-based program, anyone 59 and older can book 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,” Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement.

Health authorities have also been using vaccine supplies to target ‘hot spot’ communities that have been hardest hit by COVID-19 with dedicated clinics in many locations.

“Our limited AstraZeneca supply is being used in some of these ‘hot spots,’ as well as for our province wide 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.”

“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.

Meanwhile, the province has also announced that between late August and April 23 of this year, nearly 18,000 and 60 violation tickets have been handed out.

About 1,440 people who failed to comply with Public Health Orders were fined $230. Close to 330 people who organized a gathering or event were fined $2,300. And 53 $2,300 violation tickets were handed to those in violation of the PHO’s Food and Liquor Serving Premises Order. 35 $575 tickets were given to people who promoted or attended a non-compliant event.

B.C. has extended the provincial state of emergency to May 11.