VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – The strain on B.C.’s health care system due to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be tested, with 515 patients now hospitalized with the virus. Of those, 171 are in the ICU.
Five more people have died of the virus, for a total of 1,576 since the pandemic began.
The province recorded 841 new infections on Wednesday, nearly two thirds of which are in the Fraser Health region.
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More than 34,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the past day, for a total of 1,705,409.
The province is now calling people aged 59 and older who have registered for the age-based vaccination program. British Columbians aged 40 and older can also call a local pharmacy to try to book an appointment for the AstraZeneca vaccine. Pop-up clinics have also been operating, aimed at getting more people in hot-spot neighbourhoods vaccinated.
You can take up to three hours of paid leave to go get a COVID-19 vaccination.
A statement from the Ministry of Labour says amendments to the Employment Standards Act are now in effect, retroactive to April 19. The employer-paid leave covers full-time and part-time workers and the ministry says it ensures no employee will lose pay for taking time off to get vaccinated.