Just two new COVID-19 cases on the Island June 3rd
There were just two new cases of COVID-19 on Vancouver Island on Thursday and just 199 new cases province-wide. (Check our COVID-19 dashboard on the homepage.)
Regardless, health officials urged British Columbians to continue being vigilant about COVID-19 until more people have received their second dose of vaccine as outbreaks continue to pop up, despite a sharply declining caseload.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says more than 3.2 million doses of vaccine have now been administered across BC, including more than 180,000 second doses. The latest numbers mean that more than 70 per cent of adults have received a shot so far.
“While we are making significant headway in our immunization efforts and that is reflected in the decreasing case counts in our communities and in our hospitals, it is still a time of caution for all of us. New strains are circulating and outbreaks are still occurring in schools, in hospitals, in long-term care and in our communities,” Henry said.
Another note of caution … the province is currently in the midst of an incubation period for the virus following the long May 24th weekend so anyone who may have contracted the virus will be starting to have symptoms and should get tested right away, she says.
“We have seen new outbreaks in recent days and we all need to take our precautions to prevent more,” Henry said, adding masks will still need to be worn until about July even by people who have had two doses of vaccine because vaccines alone are not fully protective against infection.
Long-term care homes have seen some rapid transmission of the virus because not all residents have received a second shot and neither have visitors, so restrictions cannot be fully lifted in the facilities where people are in close contact, Henry says.
However, she says, more second doses will be available sooner than expected as extra shipments of vaccine are due to arrive next month and beyond.
Meanwhile, BC has recorded a third case of vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) — the rare blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine. The patient is a man in his 30s in the Island Health region who is receiving treatment in hospital.
Henry said she will provide more information on Thursday about second doses for people who have received a first shot of AstraZeneca.
A total of 1,703 people have died of COVID-19, out of 144,289 cases confirmed to date.
The lives lost over the weekend include one person in their 40s, two in their 60s, six in their 70s and two over the age of 80.