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B.C. COVID cases, hospitalizations fall; about three quarters of adults vaccinated

Last Updated Jun 8, 2021 at 3:21 pm PDT

FILE -- Dr. Reka Gustafson, B.C.'s deputy provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health provide a COVID-19 update in Vancouver, British Columbia on Friday, February 19, 2021.
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B.C. recorded 218 cases on Saturday, 131 on Sunday, 133 on Monday

There were 12 more COVID-related deaths over the weekend

Hospitalizations have fallen, but ICU numbers up slightly compared to Friday

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The spread of COVID-19 is continuing to slow down in B.C., as the province saw a notable decline in the number of new cases. However, more lives were lost to the illness.

There were 217 cases diagnosed on Saturday, 131 on Sunday, and 133 on Monday.

B.C. has 199 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, down from 224 on Friday and 511 at the height of the pandemic. Of those in the hospital, 63 patients are in the ICU, up from 59 on Friday and down from 183 at the height.

There were 12 more deaths over the weekend: Nine on Friday, one on Saturday, and two on Sunday.

In total, 1,722 lives have been lost in B.C. due to the pandemic since it began.

Nearly three quarters of adults have received a COVID shot

Deputy Public Health Officer Dr. Réka Gustafson says 73.9 per cent of adults in B.C. and 71.5 per cent of British Columbians aged 12 and up have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Over the weekend, 146,911 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered, 57,521 of which were second doses.

In total, 3,635,795 doses have been administered, including 314,246 which are second doses.

The interval between first and second doses of vaccine in B.C. — regardless of what brand your first dose was — is now about eight weeks.

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If you received Pfizer or Moderna for your first dose, you will be contacted to receive Pfizer or Moderna for your second dose — and can only mix and match between those brands.

If you received AstraZeneca for your first dose, you can receive the same brand by booking your second dose when your pharmacy reaches out to you after about eight weeks. Another option for AstraZeneca recipients is to get Pfizer or Moderna for the second dose. In order to do that, you must be registered to be contacted to schedule the second appointment.

Gustafson is encouraging British Columbians to get vaccinated as soon as they can.

“If we keep going, we can get back to the things that sustain us: Back to our communities, back to work, back to the meaningful relationships in our lives. And as we move forward, our public health monitoring and management will also change,” she said.

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Gustafson notes fluctuations in daily case counts “will be less and less meaningful.”

“Rather, seven-day averages and long-term trends are going to be better indicators of our progress from a public health perspective, as long as we continue on this trajectory. We will be aiming to shift our approach from pandemic emergency response to sustainable public health management. This approach is actually similar to how we prevent and control other communicable diseases,” she said.