No longer a single certainly one of many 559 new cases of COVID-19 announced Tuesday in British Columbia involved a resident of a long-term care home or assisted living facility, according to health officials.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry credited the widespread immunization of vulnerable seniors living in care for the promising pattern, which arrived amid an uptick in coronavirus cases among the general population.
“This is a success that we have to appreciate and celebrate,” Henry said.
“I think it is a 2d to mirror as we are starting to obtain increased provides of immunizations over the coming weeks.”
The one individual who died from COVID-19 between Monday and Tuesday was no longer a resident of long-term care both, Henry said.
“The single individual who died in the last 24 hours was in an acute care facility. This is a reflection of the vaccines that we have had and their exhaust and deployment to long-term care and assisted living facilities in this province,” she added. “It really is remarkable.”
According to data released by the B.C. Centre for Disease Steal watch over last week, a burly 91 per cent of long-term care residents and 95 per cent of of us in assisted-living facilities have received at least one dose of vaccine.
Officials also shared preliminary data suggesting a single shot may perhaps slash the risk of COVID-19 infection by 80 per cent or more.
There are peaceful 12 active outbreaks in long-term care homes and assisted living facilities across B.C. impacting 415 residents and 218 staff. That’s a far bawl from mid-January, when public health teams had been battling more than 50 outbreaks in care homes.
A total of 287,950 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been distributed in the province so far, and 58,896 of us have received their 2d dose. Henry said most of us that have been fully vaccinated are seniors in care.
While the province’s immunization rollout was hampered for weeks by manufacturer delays, increased shipments of vaccine are expected going forward.
Meanwhile, British Columbia’s COVID-19 case numbers have been creeping back up. The province’s active caseload reached 4,677 on Tuesday, the splendid it has been since Jan. 13.
The seven-day average for new cases has also increased to 505, which is almost 100 per day greater than it was loyal one week ago. As of Feb. 17, the seven-day average was at 407.
“This uptick we have viewed in the last few days is one that we are managing as aggressively as we can, to understand larger where we are,” Henry said.