New COVID-19 cases declining in Oceanside: COVID-19 update

The Oceanside local health area recorded five new COVID-19 cases from May 2–8. || BC CDC image.
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The Oceanside local health area recorded five new COVID-19 cases from May 2–8. The number of new cases dropped from the 12 infections reported the week before.

The Greater Nanaimo local health area saw 22 new COVID-19 cases, down from the 38 infections the previous week.

Island Health reported 20 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 153. Of those, 57 are in the central island region, 69 are in the south island and 27 are in the north, according to Island Health. The BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC) shows 16 people in hospital, including four in critical care in the region. No new COVID-19-related deaths were reported in Island Health.

B.C. reported 587 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths since yesterday. There are now 5,691 active cases, including 413 people hospitalized with the virus, 141 of them in critical care, according to the BC CDC. 

B.C. residents 30 and older can book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Starting tomorrow, people 25 and older can book an appointment and by May 16 all B.C. residents over 18 will be eligible.

The province announced a second case of a rare blood clotting event, known as thrombotic thrombocytopenia, following an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination. The patient is a man in his 40s, who is in stable condition and receiving treatment in the Fraser Health region, according to the province.

The province has administered 2,335,513 doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines, 119,691 of which are second doses, according to a joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

“We are working hard to ensure everyone has their first dose as quickly as possible, but there is still lots of virus circulating in our communities. So until we’re all protected and our community transmission slows, we need to continue with our COVID-19 safety basics,” reads a release from the province.

Across B.C., 130,310 people have recovered from COVID-19.

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