COVID-19 in B.C.: Hospitalizations continue falling but number of cases in intensive care remains the same

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry say those 18 and older can register by the end of this weekend to be vaccinated

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      The latest COVID-19 numbers show another reduction in new cases in B.C.

      According to a statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, there were 494 new cases today. That's down from 587 on May 13.

      The number of hospitalizations has fallen again, dropping to 387.

      That's significantly lower than the 413 hospitalizations on May 13 and 423 on May 12.

      Hospitalizations from COVID-19 peaked at 511 last month.

      However, the number of people in intensive care remains at 141, where it's stood since May 12.

      “Since we last reported, we have had 140 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 288 new cases in the Fraser Health region, eight in the Island Health region, 33 in the Interior Health region, 25 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada," Henry and Dix said.

      There have been two more deaths, increasing B.C.'s total to 1,634.

      Today, anyone 25 years of age and older can book vaccination appointments. And by the end of this weekend, anyone 18 years and older can register.

      "Don’t wait until you are eligible to book," Henry and Dix said. "Rather, take two minutes today to register in advance to fast track your appointment booking."