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B.C. surpasses 1,000 COVID-19 deaths

B.C.'s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry spoke during yesterday's press conference B.C.'s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry spoke during yesterday's press conference
Patty Aguilar | 12 January, 2021, 10:03

Fifty-nine more cases of COVID-19 were identified in the Island Health region over the weekend, health officials announced Monday.

Pierce County now has a total of 28,583 confirmed cases and 334 deaths.

"These, of course, are our grandparents, our friends, our aunts, our uncles our sons and daughters", said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

More than 1,100 were in intensive care.

Minnesota has followed guidance from the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and earmarked limited initial supplies of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to the 1a priority group of health care workers at greater risk of infection, and long-term care residents at greater risk of severe illness due to their ages and underlying health conditions. Twenty-two people also died of the virus over the same time period.

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". "The outbreaks at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Chartwell Langley Gardens, Lakeshore Care Centre, and Baillie House are over".

The number of active cases in the province dropped by almost 1,000.

"What we're learning is that the short-term protection is achieved rapidly, and it's very high".

She said the decision was a "science-based approach" and "takes into account the limited vaccine we have early on in the program here in the province".

On the vaccine front, BC has used 59,902 of the 71,200 doses. "That's what we call a boost, and we call this a prime boost", Henry explained.

Henry says the first dose primes the immune system while the second shot gives it a boost and waiting between jabs allows the body to build up that immunity.

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