COVID-19 update for April 28: Nearly 800 new cases, no deaths | Playland delays opening | British Columbians must register online for second AstraZeneca shot

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 28, 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 27:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 127,048 (8,089 active cases)
• New cases since April 26: 799
• Total deaths: 1,571 (0 new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 500
• Intensive care: 164
• Total vaccinations: 1,671,128 doses administered (89,457 second doses)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 11,792
• Recovered: 117,150
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 15

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B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

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


LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 IN B.C.

3 p.m. – Health officials are set to share latest figures on COVID-19 in B.C.

Health officials are expected to update the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province.

7 a.m. – Family of Quebec woman who died of blood clot after AstraZeneca shot urges vigilance

The family of a Quebec woman who developed blood clots and died after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is urging people to stay alert for symptoms and get help right away if they surface.

Francine Boyer, 54, was identified by her family in a statement issued late Tuesday.

She and her husband Alain Serres received the AstraZeneca vaccine on April 9, and in the days that followed, she began to experience headaches and severe fatigue.

The statement says Serres did not develop any side-effects.

Boyer went to a nearby hospital before being transferred to the Montreal Neurological Institute as her condition worsened, and she died of a cerebral thrombosis on April 23.

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Quebec public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda told a news conference Tuesday he believes it is the first death in Canada to be potentially linked to the vaccine, and authorities stressed serious side-effects are rare and the vaccine saves far more lives than it endangers.

– The Canadian Press

7 a.m. – Johnson & Johnson vaccine arriving in Canada: sources

Canada’s first 300,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are arriving today, a federal official tells The Canadian Press.

The official, granted anonymity to discuss matters not made public yet, said that where the doses are coming from is not being disclosed because the government needs to “protect this new vaccine supply chain.”

J&J has struggled with production problems and has been able to deliver very few doses, even in the United States.

Canada purchased 10 million doses, and has the option to buy 28 million more.

The doses are expected to be distributed to provinces next week.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has not yet provided guidance on how the vaccine should be used alongside the other three in use already.

This week’s delivery of just over one million doses from Pfizer-BioNTech is already in Canada.

A delayed shipment of about 650,000 doses from Moderna is also en route to Canada now.

– The Canadian Press

5 a.m. – British Columbians must register online for second AstraZeneca shot

British Columbians who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a pharmacy will have to register online for their second dose.

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Currently, British Columbians born in 1981 or before (ages 40 and older) can receive their first AstraZeneca shot by booking directly with one of the 150 participating pharmacies.

In order to receive the second dose, however, the Ministry of Health says people must register online, starting May 1, at https://www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/s/.

“They will then get a notification when they are eligible to book their second dose. It is important to note that people who have received their first dose in pharmacies will need to register in order to get their place in queue for their second dose,” a ministry spokesperson said Monday.

Once registered, people will either receive an email, text message or phone call informing them when it is time to book a second dose.

-Scott Brown

12 a.m. – Health officials announce 799 new cases, no new deaths

Health officials reported nearly 800 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and no new deaths.

In a joint statement release late Tuesday afternoon, public health officials said there were 799 new cases added, with B.C.’s total active cases now at 8,089. Another 11,792 people are under public-health monitoring after exposure to known cases.

While the daily case count dropped, the number of people in hospital and the ICU continues to climb. There are now 500 people in hospital in B.C. with COVID-19, including 164 in the ICU.

Of the 799 new cases, 534 are in the Fraser Health region, 121 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 28 in Vancouver Island Health, 96 in Interior Health and 16 in theNorthern Health. There are also four new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

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On the vaccination front, 1,671,128 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca have been administered in B.C., including 89,457 second doses.

12 a.m.  – Playland decides to remain closed until after May long weekend

Playland planned to open Saturday but has decided to remain closed until after the May long weekend.

“Playland was set to open Saturday, May 1 with a strong safety plan supported by Vancouver Coastal Health,” Laura Ballance, head of media relations for Playland, said Tuesday in a news release.

Playland planned to open Saturday but has decided to remain closed until after the May long weekend.

“Playland was set to open Saturday, May 1 with a strong safety plan supported by Vancouver Coastal Health,” Laura Ballance, head of media relations for Playland, said Tuesday in a news release.

“During discussions today with the Provincial Health Office, concerns were raised related to Playland drawing travel outside of the regional health authorities. Due to this concern, we were asked to remain closed until after the May long weekend to support the provincial circuit breaker.”

Ballance said Playland hopes to welcome guests after the long weekend, which is May 22 to 24.

— Kevin Griffin


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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