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B.C.'s daily COVID-19 count, ICU numbers continue to fall

Last Updated May 18, 2021 at 3:47 pm PDT

FILE: Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks at a news conference. (Courtesy: Flickr/BC Government)

B.C. records 411 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths

Number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 up slightly, ICU cases fall

Only 37 COVID-19 cases reported in Vancouver Coastal Health region in the past day

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The downward trend in COVID-19 numbers in B.C. continues, as the province reports 411 new cases in the past day.

There was a sharp drop-off Tuesday in the number of new cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. Only 37 new infections were reported there, making up only nine per cent of new cases. By comparison, Vancouver Coastal Health averaged 97 new cases per day over the weekend.

Of the new cases, 69 per cent were in the Fraser Health region.

On Tuesday, the province reported there are 360 people hospitalized with the illness, 10 more than there were on Monday. However, the number of patients in the ICU fell from 132 to 127.

There were two more COVID-related deaths, for a total of 1,650 since the pandemic began.

A total of 2,566,936 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 131,837 second doses.

The province is contacting registered British Columbians aged 18 and up to book their vaccination appointments. Those who are aged 16 and up and pregnant or deemed critically extremely vulnerable are also eligible to receive a dose.