NM reports 148 new infections, seven deaths

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In a joint written statement, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix urged residents to work together to get the spread of COVID-19 back under control.

"The risk for all of us is too great, which means any of our usual travel and holiday weekend gatherings need to be put on hold this year", Henry and Dix said.

A staggering 1,013 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the province Wednesday, setting a new record for the daily case count.

Three new deaths have been reported to Alberta Health bringing the total to 1,990.

There are now 404 active cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island region. The current average of 8.29 new cases per day is up from a low of just under seven new cases per day last week and down from a recent high of 71 cases per day in early January.

Public health is now monitoring 11,468 people across B.C. who in self-isolation because COVID-19 exposure.

However, at least eight people with breakthrough cases have been hospitalized.

Officials did not have data available Wednesday on the number of new variant cases in the province.

To date, 756,080 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Modern and AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered, including 87,351 second doses.

For COVID-19 testing in Jackson County, residents can contact the Henry Ford COVID-19 patient hotline at 517-205-6100, or the Center for Family Health hotline at 517-748-5363.

"First, everyone will have access to a safe and effective vaccine, and that remains on track to happen before Canada Day".

With the Easter long weekend coming up, provincial officials once again asked British Columbians to avoid leisure travel outside of their communities. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

A breakthrough case is confirmed with a positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or a positive antigen test in an individual more than two weeks after they have received their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

Because of safety considerations for those under 55, B.C.is now waiting on Health Canada's recommendation before resuming vaccination of front-line workers who were to receive the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, according to Henry and Dix.

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