COVID-19 update for April 5: 23 deaths and 916 variants cases reported in B.C. since April 1 | B.C. vaccination booking site launches Tuesday | Outbreak at care home in Prince Rupert

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for April 5, 2021.

We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on April 5 (some data not available, as noted below):

• Total number of confirmed cases: 104,061 (8,490 active including 588 variant cases)
• New cases since April 3: 1,889 (999 reported Sunday and 890 reported Monday)
• Total deaths: 1,486 (23 deaths since April 1)
• Hospitalized cases: 318
• Intensive care: 96
• Total vaccinations: 806,118 people have received vaccine, including 87,472 who have received a second dose.
• Cases under public health monitoring: 11,989
• Recovered: 94.806
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 14

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LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 IN B.C.

3 p.m. – B.C.’s active case count grows as 916 variant cases reported since April 1

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has reported 1,889 new cases of COVID-19 over the past two days – bringing the total to 3,979 over the past four days. 

Henry said 23 people in B.C. had died from COVID-19 since April 1, bringing that tally to 1,486.

The number of active cases has soared to 8,490 from 7,571 two days ago. Of these active cases, 588 are variants of concern.

B.C. is in crisis at the moment, with the arrival in force of the P1 variant that is more contagious and tougher on younger people than the common COVID-19 first identified in December 2018. The P1 variant has impacted the Vancouver Canucks, with 20 players and coaches now impacted and the team’s season likely derailed.

Henry said that 806,118 people in B.C. had received one of the three available vaccines (including 87,472 who have been fully dosed). Less than two per cent of B.C.’s population has been fully vaccinated, with Henry preferring to get as many people one shot as possible. One shot is proven to be quite effective, though not as effective as two shots.

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2:40 p.m. — Alberta P1 variant outbreak linked to three workplaces

An outbreak of the P1 variant first identified in Brazil started with a traveller returning to Alberta from out of province and has been traced to three worksites, chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Monday.

To date, there are 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across worksites in the Central Zone and North Zone and of those, three are confirmed to be the variant of concern, Hinshaw tweeted. The employees travelled between sites and the cases are linked to them and their household contacts.

“AHS has been working with the operator and cases to ensure anyone at risk of exposure is offered testing and quarantines to limit the spread,” she said.

“This includes employees at other sites who may have been exposed. Anyone at risk is being directly contacted and supported.”

A separate, unrelated outbreak of the P1 variant has also been reported at a workplace in the Calgary Zone. Five cases are linked to this outbreak, included one confirmed case of the P.1 variant.

Alberta reported 887 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, after 9,102 tests were completed over the last 24 hours for a positivity rate of 9.7 per cent.

– Edmonton Journal

2:30 p.m. –  Rookie Hoglander added to Canucks’ growing COVID-19 list

The list of Vancouver Canucks on the NHL’s coronavirus protocol list grew by one Monday and there’s a growing debate whether the club should continue to play this season — especially if a virus variant spreads.

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With rookie Nils Hoglander added to the number of those compromised by COVID-19 — and amid the presence of the aggressive P1 variant — 17 players on the active roster and three coaches are now afflicted.

Jalen Chatfield, Marc Michaelis, Travis Boyd, Jayce Hawryluk, Bo Horvat, Tyler Motte, Brandon Sutter, Tyler Myers, Thatcher Demko, Alex Edler, Quinn Hughes, Zack MacEwen, Antoine Roussel, Braden Holtby, Adam Gaudette and Travis Hamonic are others on the protocol list.

– Ben Kuzma

12:30 a.m. – B.C.’s online vaccine booking system launches Tuesday

The province’s long-awaited online vaccine booking system launches Tuesday which will allow millions of British Columbians to book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment. The online system launches as B.C. saw three days in a row of daily COVID-19 cases topping 1,000.

Starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, born in 1950 and earlier (71 and older), Indigenous people 18 and older, and those deemed clinically vulnerable can register to book their vaccine appointment through the province’s Get Vaccinated system. People can register online at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated, by telephone through a provincial call centre at 1-833-838-2323 or in-person at the nearest Service BC location.

To avoid system backlogs, the Ministry of Health is asking people to avoid registering until they become eligible in their age cohort. People are advised to check the Get Vaccinated website regularly for information on when booking opens up their age cohort.

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7 a.m. –COVID-19 outbreak at Prince Rupert care home where 16 died earlier this year

Just weeks after a deadly COVID-19 outbreak ended at a northwestern British Columbia care home, health officials report a new outbreak at the same facility.

Northern Health says two residents at Acropolis Manor in Prince Rupert have tested positive for the virus.

In a statement issued Sunday, the agency says the two residents live in the facility’s west pod and proactive testing is underway to identify if any other residents, staff or families have been infected.

Sixteen residents died during a COVID-19 outbreak that began at Acropolis Manor in mid-January and was declared over on March 16.

Some of the highest rates of the virus in B.C. prompted health officials to hold mass vaccination clinics in Prince Rupert and Port Edward last month, immunizing about 85 per cent of area adults.

Recent data from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control shows infection rates dipped following those clinics and several others in north coast cities, but cases of COVID-19 remain stubbornly high through the region.

— Canadian Press

6 a.m. – Almost 2.2 million more vaccine doses coming to Canada this week

OTTAWA — More than two million doses of vaccines are set to arrive in Canada this week as the country scrambles to contain the wildfire spread of more contagious variants of the COVID-19 virus.

That includes the first batch of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines — 316,800 doses — to be sent to Canada from the global vaccine-sharing initiative known as the COVAX Facility.

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In addition to the COVAX supply, Canada is to receive 1,019,070 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 855,600 doses of the Moderna vaccine over the next seven days.

That’s almost 2.2 million doses in total, following a peak of more than three million doses last week.

— Canadian Press

12 a.m. – Things to know about the Brazilian P.1 variant spreading in B.C.

The P.1 COVID-19 variant, known as the Brazil variant, is on the rise in B.C., hitting towns like Whistler hard and even sidelining members of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team.

Health officials on Thursday released the latest tally of COVID-19 cases in the province and put the number of Brazil variant cases at 379, the largest count for any jurisdiction outside of the country where it originated.

It is followed by Ontario with 96 cases and Alberta with six, though the latter province’s chief medical officer said on Saturday that health officials there were investigating a “significant” spread of the Brazil variant linked to a traveller.

Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, has said there have been clusters in the Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health and Interior Health regions.

Sarah Otto, a professor at the University of B.C.’s Department of Zoology, called on the province Sunday to release information about numbers as well as specific locations, so people in those communities can practice heightened caution.

“Let’s keep P.1 from spreading,” Otto said.

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— Matt Robinson


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

– With files from The Canadian Press

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