Douglas County reports 20 new COVID-19 cases; 213 remain active


Tuesday's report from the New Mexico Department of Health also includes 148 new COVID-19 infections.

There were three more deaths, bringing the provincial total to 1,458.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases is now at the highest point it's ever been.

A significant increase in people ignoring mitigation strategies coupled with more covid-19 variant cases has left Allegheny County with a "foundation for a surge", said Dr. Debra Bogen, Health Department director.

Out of the 7,405 active cases, 301 people are now in hospital, 80 of whom are in intensive care.

The pair urge everyone to be cautious ahead of the upcoming long weekend. Salina Regional Health Center has notified us that they now have one patient hospitalized battling COVID-19. The WHD reports Johnson County has 699 cases recovered and has experienced 10 deaths resulting from the coronavirus.

The province also noted that due to a "delay in sequencing analysis for variants of concern", numbers for those new cases for the last 24 hours are unavailable.

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AstraZeneca doses were initially meant to go to frontline workers, leaving the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech supplies for the province's age-based immunization schedule, but those plans were put on hold over concerns about rare cases of blood clotting in people below the age of 55 who received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Large-scale clinical studies found that COVID-19 vaccines reduced the risk of contracting the disease in vaccinated individuals by up to 95%, compared with those who were not vaccinated.

Henry and Dix said still on track to deliver a first dose to every eligible person who wants one before Canada Day, and health officials are "working around the clock" to make sure that happens.

Some 634,997 doses of vaccine have been given out as of March 30.

Because of safety considerations for those under 55, 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.

Health officials are reminding British Columbians to avoid all non-essential travel and to follow health guidelines.