The daily record for COVID-19 cases in B.C. was broken twice during this Easter long weekend.
From April 1 to April 2, there were 1,018 confirmed cases of the disease, while another 1,072 cases were recorded from April 2 to April 3.
Meanwhile, the program that has pharmacists administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to those between the ages of 55 and 65 will be expanded to Kamloops and other non-Lower Mainland communities next week. Check for updates by clciking here.
The statistics for the two days surpassed the previous daily COVID-19 case count record of 1,013 from March 30 to March 31 as the pandemic’s third wave intensifies.
That brings the total number of cases in the province to 102,970.
Not available on the long weekend is information on COVID-19 variants of concern or hospitalization numbers, though there are 90 people in intensive care. On April 1, there were 296 COVID-19 patients in hospital, 79 of whom were in intensive care.
Of the new 2,090 cases, 149 are in Interior Health, 147 are in Island Health and 33 are in Northern Health. The vast majority if new cases continue to be in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions, which account for 84 per cent of the total — 1,052 cases in Fraser Health and 709 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health. There are now 664 active COVID-19 cases in Interior Health. As of April 1, there were 16 people in hospital in the health region, eight of whom were in intensive care.
To date, 856,801 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,455 of which are second doses.
"We are working hard to deliver an easy-to-use provincial booking system for all British Columbians and know everyone is eager to book their appointment, beginning next week,” Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement.
Currently, vaccine bookings for those ages 72 and older, Indigenous people 18 years of age and over and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable continue throughout the long weekend. The AstraZeneca vaccine is also available to people between the ages of 55 and 65 in the Lower Mainland, B.C.’s highest transmission area. In partnership with the BC Pharmacy Association, the plan to expand the AstraZeneca/pharmacy vaccine program outside of the Lower Mainland by the end of next week to more communities throughout the province, including Kamloops, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Parksville, Prince George, Quesnel, Terrace, Vernon and Victoria.
"An important reminder for everyone is that we should not be travelling outside our community or health authority for vacation or recreation right now,” the joint statement said.
“Consider day trips only or staying overnight in a local campground or hotel. We have seen too many cases of people travelling outside their health authority region and not using their layers of protection, leading to outbreaks and clusters in their home community. These outbreaks are avoidable and right now we must stay within our local region — for the safety of your community and for others."