Oceanside sees increase in new COVID-19 cases: COVID-19 update

The Oceanside local health area recorded 12 new cases from April 25 – May 1. || BC CDC image.
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New COVID-19 cases are on the increase in the Oceanside local health area again after declining in recent weeks.

The area recorded 12 new cases from April 25 – May 1. There were five new COVID-19 infections the week before.

Island Health reported 17 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 187. Of those, 74 are in the central island region, 93 are in the south island and 20 are in the north, according to Island Health. 

B.C. reported 694 new COVID-19 cases and one death since yesterday. There are now 6,802 active cases, including 457 people hospitalized with the virus, 154 of them in critical care, according to the BC CDC. 

The province has administered 1,995,496 doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines, 95,868 of which are second doses, according to a joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

“Our immunizations are going up quickly and the ages for those who are eligible are rapidly coming down. Today, anyone 49 and older can book their vaccine. That will continue to decrease in the coming days,” reads the release. 

“Our B.C. immunization committee and public health teams are actively looking at how, where and when to best incorporate youth aged 12–17 into our age-based program. Details will be provided once plans are finalized.”

Across B.C., 125,025 people have recovered from COVID-19. The province said due to incomplete data, the number of people under public health monitoring has not been included in its report.

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