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B.C. records 521 new COVID-19 cases; 12 - 17-year-olds eligible for vaccine

Last Updated May 19, 2021 at 6:46 pm PDT

Summary

There are 118 people in the ICU -- a decrease from 127 Tuesday

British Columbians who are 12 to 17-years-old are now eligible to register for the vaccine

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — As B.C. expands vaccine eligibility to anyone over 12, the number of people in critical care due to COVID-19 continues to decline, but the downward trend in daily case counts has stalled.

According to a statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix Wednesday, 521 more people have contracted the virus in the last 24 hours. This follows five days of fewer than 500 cases.

There are 340 people in the hospital — down from 360 on Tuesday. Of those, 118 are in the ICU, a decrease from 127.

Eight more people have passed away, bringing the total number of deaths in the province up to 1,658.

More than 2.6 million doses of vaccine have been administered, 135,246 of which are second doses. The age-based vaccination program continues to expand rapidly, with 12 – 17-year-olds now eligible to register. Details on how the effort to get this group vaccinated will be announced Thursday.

“Getting everyone in our province immunized is our pathway forward through the COVID-19 pandemic. This will ensure we have enough protection and community immunity to allow us to slowly lift public health and travel restrictions,” the statement reads.

Dix and Henry are reminding everyone to make sure they are registered, saying the information in the online system available for some people immunized before April 15 could be incomplete.

“Help us put the pandemic behind us by staying small and local, and ensuring you are registered and booked for your vaccine today,” the statement concludes.