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B.C. records lowest daily COVID cases since mid-March

Last Updated May 14, 2021 at 6:25 pm PDT

FILE - Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy B.C. Government, Flickr)

B.C. records fewer than 500 new COVID cases for the first time in weeks

COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped to 387, but the number of people in the ICU remains at 141

By the end of the weekend, all British Columbians aged 18 and up will be eligible to be vaccinated

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – For the first time in two months, B.C. has recorded fewer than 500 new COVID-19 cases.

The province is reporting 494 infections, 288 of which (58 per cent) are in the Fraser Health region. There were 140 cases (28 per cent) in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

This is the first time the daily case count was under 500 since mid-March.

Daily case counts have been on the decline for several weeks, with hospitalizations slowly following suit.

A joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix says the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has dropped to 387 compared to the 413 patients reported on Thursday. The number of people in the ICU remains at 141.

Two more people have died of the illness, for a total of 1,634 since the pandemic began.

In the past day, 57,752 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered. In total, 2,393,265 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., including 124,880 second doses.

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

The province is ramping up its vaccination program.

Registered British Columbians aged 25 and up are now being invited to book their appointment. By the end of the weekend, all adults 18 and up will be eligible.