BC sees lowest daily COVID-19 case count since October

Katie Ramirez
May 28, 2021

Dr. Bonnie Henry provided little information at the presser, simply saying faith-based gatherings would be starting this week, but as of Tuesday afternoon there were no more details.

"Every day, we're getting closer to where we want to be, so let's keep going with our individual and collective efforts".

The provincial health officer said everyone in B.C. will be able to have a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the summer.

Health officials will be watching COVID-19 case counts and possible transmission events to ensure the province can meet the plan's progressive targets set for June, July and September, Horgan said. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

That means the earliest the public health emergency and provincial state of emergency could be lifted would be July 1.

On Tuesday, B.C. unveiled its restart plan, which includes the allowance of larger gatherings and province-wide travel as early as June 15.

"The plan provides criteria for the phased reopening of the economy, including regional and domestic travel", said Mike McNaney, National Airlines Council of Canada president.

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Barbara Yaffe says the man in his 40s received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine at the end of April. Yaffe said those who received a first dose of AstraZeneca made the right choice.

British Columbians will also be encouraged to travel across the province at that time.

As cases continue to decline and immunizations steadily rise, we are moving forward with goal, monitoring our progress to ensure we remain on track.

"I don't see a situation where we are going backwards unless things change drastically", she said.

Three more people have died of the illness, for a total of 1,683 deaths since the pandemic began.

The COVID-19 numbers are still moving in the right direction, with B.C. recording 250 new cases in the past day. It also relies on the assumption that variants do not significantly alter health outcomes for COVID-19 patients or the efficacy of vaccines.

The restrictions were supposed to last until April 19 but were extended as more restrictions on travel were introduced.

Provincial health officials identified nine new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island region Thursday.

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