Northern Health Region adds 15 cases, vaccine bookings open to all BC residents over 18

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region reported 15 new cases Thursday, further dropping the active case c…

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region reported 15 new cases Thursday, further dropping the active case count to 127.

Out of 11 people in hospital, four are in critical care.

There were no COVID-19 related deaths confirmed Thursday, keeping the total at 143.

Since last March, 7,393 cases have been confirmed in the region. Of those, 7,123 have recovered.

The province added 587 new cases Thursday, dropping the active case count to 5,691.

There are 413 people in hospital, 141 of whom are in critical care.

B.C. added five COVID-19 related deaths Thursday, raising the total to 1,632.

Out of 137,810 total confirmed cases in B.C., 130,310 have recovered.

Health officials announced Wednesday that the province has hit the milestone of giving at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to half of all eligible British Columbians.

According to the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, 2,277,318 doses have been administered as of May 13th.

Health Minister Adrian Dix announced Thursday that all British Columbia residents 18 and older can book their vaccine appointment this weekend.

On Friday, residents 25 and older are eligible, Saturday at 7 p.m. the portal opens up to everyone 20 and older, and by Sunday evening, all residents over 18 can book.

Dix says if you are registered under the province’s Get Vaccinated portal, you will receive a notification, but people can register online at any time.

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