Dr. Bonnie Henry during her COVID19 daily update made a COVID-19 case correction She addressed the media by saying past week's numbers are off. There are 254 extra cases over the last week. There are 438 new cases, 9 epi linked.
There have been 81,367 cases of COVID in BC. There are two new COVID deaths in BC. There have been 1365 deaths in BC connected to the virus. There are 8 assisted living or LTC outbreaks. There are 8 outbreaks in acute care.
There are 243 people in hospital with COVID, this includes 63 people in ICU. So far 75,255 have recovered from the virus. There are 4,679 active cases and 8,445 in self-isolation.
There are 22 new variant cases in BC. For a total of 182 variant cases. 8 are active cases. Nine total variant hospitalizations. Only 1 in hospital now. This includes 159 B117 (UK), 23 B1351 (SA).
Dr. Bonnie Henry explaining decision to extend gap between first and second doses. Says the vaccine strategy is the one that creates the greatest protection for the entire community. "Our focus is maximizing the number of people who are protected from the first dose."
On using Astrazeneca with late March/early April expiry, Henry says the vaccine is fridge stable and the province is confident they can use whatever they get.
On events and gatherings, Dr. Henry says no event should be happening at any establishment, including at restaurants. Any restaurant hosting an event or advertising an event is in breach of the Gathering and Events Order. We're not seeing transmission in regulated spaces when the rules are followed.
On adjusting Spring Break, Dr. Henry says they have been consumed by thinking about these issues. Minister Whiteside said earlier the province will not be moving spring break. Says they are looking for safe places for activities for kids for the break.