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100 or more COVID-19 cases in Richmond three weeks running

VCH residents born in 1942 or earlier can call Saturday to book a COVID-19 vaccine.
Map showing weekly number of COVID-19 cases in the Greater Vancouver region, by health service delivery area: North Shore – Coast Garibaldi (North and West Vancouver, Bowen Island, Sunshine Coast, Powell River, Howe Sound, Bella Coola Valley and Central Coast); Vancouver; Richmond; Fraser North (New Westminster, Burnaby, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows and Tri-Cities) and Fraser South (Langley, Delta, Surrey, South Surrey/White Rock).

Another 115 COVID-19 cases were detected in Richmond this week (March 12 to 18), following a trend over the past few weeks of more than a hundred each week.

Last week, there were 100 new cases while the week prior this number was 107.

Data released by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) Friday afternoon shows Richmond’s COVID-19 cases followed a steady provincial trend.

On Friday, the province announced 737 new infections over the past 24 hours.

In Richmond, there were between five and 10 cases of the virus detected every day per 100,000 population.

Meanwhile, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has accelerated its booking schedule for COVID-19 vaccines with those born in 1942 or earlier allowed to call Saturday, March 20 for appointments.

On Monday, those born in 1943 or earlier can schedule a vaccine appointment.

Indigenous people aged 55 and older (born in 1966 or earlier) can start booking appointments on Saturday, March 20.

The number to call to book a vaccine in VCH is 1-877-587-5767. When calling, have a pen and paper, full name, personal health number, birth date, phone number and postal code handy.

The health authority is encouraging friends, relatives and social agencies to help seniors book appointments.

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