Health officials in British Columbia are scheduled to give a live COVID-19 update on Thursday afternoon.
The press conference will begin at 1 pm and will take place with Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.
It will also be the first live update since a number of COVID-19 pop-up vaccination clinics opened in the Lower Mainland. The clinics, which were first seen on Tuesday in the Fraser Health region, drew criticism from members of the public.
Despite the lack of notice and information, massive lineups accumulated at the clinic sites. Additionally, some people on social media who reportedly attended said that they were turned away after several hours of waiting.
It was also announced that some of the clinics would offer AstraZeneca vaccination to people 30 and over. The decision to open vaccination to that age range, however, had yet to be announced or confirmed by health authorities or the provincial government.
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On Wednesday, the province announced 841 new test-positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 127,889. There are 8,009 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 11,657 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
Of the active cases, 515 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 171 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
There have been five new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,576 deaths in British Columbia.