British Columbia health officials on Tuesday announced 559 new cases of COVID-19 and one other death.
Provincial health administrator Dr.Bonnie Henry also announced in a live press conference on Tuesday that she had issued a public health order increasing the number of health professionals capable of administering a COVID-vaccine. 19.
Retired dentists, midwives, pharmacy technicians and nurses are now among those who will be able to join the immunization workforce over the next six months.
Henry said no additional deaths have been recorded in long-term care homes – a reflection of the success of vaccinations in these settings.
“I think this is a time to think about it, as we start to receive increased supplies of immunization commodities, that we have delivered all of the vaccines as they arrive.”
Henry said the province would announce plans on Monday to roll out the vaccine for people over 80.
A total of 1,336 people in British Columbia have lost their lives to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix say there are 238 people currently in the hospital, 68 of them in intensive care.
There are 4,677 active cases of coronavirus in the province, including 12 active outbreaks in long-term care facilities and five in acute care units in hospitals.
“We are in a time of vaccine hope and pandemic reality,” said Henry, acknowledging that the province faces the duality of a vaccination program that escalates as worrying variants enter the community. .
“It is concerning that we are seeing an increase in the positive percentage and seven-day averages in the Lower Mainland,” she said.
“Since the beginning of February, when we extended the orders, part of the reason was that we didn’t know how many variations we were seeing.”
British Columbia is currently reviewing 70% of positive tests for variants.
Increase in cases
The number of new cases reported daily in British Columbia has trended upward in recent weeks, to the point where the number of active cases and the seven-day moving average of new cases are at their highest in one. month.
Officials said in a statement Monday that the test positivity rate was increasing, reaching 6.8% province-wide on Sunday. In the Northern Health Region, 12.9% of the tests were positive.
Deputy Provincial Health Administrator Dr Reka Gustafson and Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside held a last-minute press conference to discuss the discovery of a variant of COVID-19 spreading fastest first reported in UK in positive cases in seven Surrey Delta schools.
They said there was no evidence so far that the variants were passed on within these schools.
To date, there have been 101 confirmed cases of variants in British Columbia