173 new cases of COVID-19 in Northern Health over the weekend

By CKPG Today COVID-19 update 173 new cases of COVID-19 in Northern Health over the weekend

By CKPG Today COVID-19 update 173 new cases of COVID-19 in Northern Health over the weekend

Bonnie Henry announced on Monday that 22 people had died since Friday, bringing the provincial total to 1,010.

Laramie County has had the most cases confirmed of any county in the state with 6,387 confirmed cases and 65 deaths, according to the WDH. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Henry noted that there was "no difference between the people who got (their second dose) at day 19 and those who got it at day 42". Four outbreaks have been declared over at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Baillie House, Chartwell Langley Gardens, and Lakeshore Care Centre.

"There are 5,220 active cases of COVID-19 in the province", Henry and Dix said in a statement.

"The amount of vaccine received in Jackson County has not allowed us to provide a vaccine yet for all who want it in those groups", Rashmi Travis, Jackson County Health Department health officer, said.

As the province's vaccine program rolls out, almost 60,000 doses of vaccine have been administered by Sunday.

Meanwhile, the B.C. Coroners Service has revealed that one refrigerated morgue truck is available on a back-up basis in the Fraser Health region in case it's necessary to deal with the high number of illicit-drug overdose and COVID-19 deaths.

"As we know, when someone receives the vaccine, it stimulates our own body's immune system to produce antibodies to that antigen, that protein, and these new vaccines that we have - messenger RNA vaccines - have proven to be very effective at doing that".

The province estimates that by delaying the second COVID-19 vaccine dose, approximately 150,000 more people will be able to receive their first dose of the vaccine over the next three months.

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