COVID-19 update: 12 new cases today

COVID-19 update: 12 new cases today

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Photo by Government of B.C.)

Times-Chronicle Staff

Twelve new cases of COVID-19 were reported by B.C. health authorities Thursday.

There have been 2,479 total positive tests in B.C., with 307 active cases province-wide as of May 21. There are a total of 43 people in hospital in the province, only one person in the Interior Health region, and eight people are in critical care in B.C.

A total of 2,020 people have fully recovered from COVID-19 in the province.

There are 183 total positive tests for COVID-19 in the Interior Health region, 887 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,223 in the Fraser Health region, 126 on Vancouver Island and 60 in the Northern Health region.

Three additional deaths related to COVID-19 were reported Thursday by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer; one in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and two deaths in long-term care in the Fraser Health region, bringing the total deaths in the province to 152.

Active outbreaks continue in long-term and acute care facilities, with no new outbreaks reported in long-term care as of Thursday.

Henry noted B.C.’s gender statistics differ from reports out of Ontario and Quebec indicating a majority of women dying from COVID-19.

In B.C. 52 per cent of total cases of COVID-19 (1,290) have been women, and 48 per cent men. However, more men have been hospitalized, roughly 60 per cent, and 64 per cent of people in ICU or in critical care are men.

“Our stats are slightly different from what we’re seeing in other provinces across Canada and are in keeping with what we have been seeing internationally as well where there seems to be a differential, more severe, effect on men than women. Again, we’re not entirely sure what the rationale is for that,” Henry said. “There are a lot of studies that have been going on around the world to help understand the immunology better.”