COVID-19 update for June 2: B.C. expected to mix and match second vaccine doses | 184 new cases is 2021 low

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 June 2, 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.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on June 1:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 144,473 (2,800 active cases)
• New cases since May 30: 184
• Total deaths: 1,703 (no new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 254
• Intensive care: 80
• Total vaccinations: 3,303,334 doses administered; 191,222 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 139,899
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 6

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B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

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COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

COVID-19: Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021

COVID-19: Have you been exposed? Here are all B.C. public health alerts

COVID-19 at B.C. schools: Here are the school district exposure alerts

COVID-19: Avoid these hand sanitizers that are recalled in Canada

COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

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.

On Tuesday, B.C. officials reported 184 new cases, the lowest daily count since mid-October. There were 254 people being treated in hospital with COVID-19, including 80 in intensive care (both these numbers are up slightly).

6:30 a.m. – B.C. to follow NACI recommendations on mixing and matching for second COVID-19 doses

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Doctor Bonnie Henry say the province will be following the National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s guidelines on mixing and matching vaccines.

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They say those who got a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine can now receive either the same one, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna for their second shot.

Several European countries are giving Pfizer or Moderna as second doses to AstraZeneca recipients, including Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Spain.

The vaccine is potentially linked to a very rare but serious blood clotting syndrome. In Canada, 41 confirmed or suspected cases of vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia have been diagnosed and five people have died.

NACI’s guidance is not binding but most provincial governments have indicated they were waiting for the information before setting their policies.

Health officials in B.C. are expected to announce their plan on second doses on Thursday.

— The Canadian Press

6:30 a.m. – Canada doubles dollars to COVAX, but no sign of donating doses yet

International Development Minister Karina Gould says Canada is doubling its dollar commitment to the global vaccine-sharing alliance known as COVAX, but isn’t yet committing to a specific donation of excess vaccine doses.

Gould is among leaders and ministers attending a virtual COVAX summit hosted by Japan today where at least a dozen countries are increasing their pledges to the facility one year after it was created.

COVAX said last week it needed another $2 billion pledged by today to secure enough vaccines to vaccinate almost one-third of people living in low and middle-income countries.

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But it also says it needs an immediate redirection of doses from wealthy countries, which are well ahead in the race to vaccinate.

Gould says Canada is doubling Canada’s financial commitment to COVAX from $220 million to $440 million.

Canada has previously said it will donate excess vaccine doses to COVAX, but has not yet said when or how many.

Canada has been heavily criticized for being the only G7 nation to accept doses from COVAX rather than donating its share back to countries in higher need.

— The Canadian Press

12 a.m. – B.C. government wants cash from non-compliant penthouse party forfeited as proceeds of crime

The B.C. government has filed a lawsuit against a Vancouver man who hosted large penthouse parties during the pandemic, claiming thousands of dollars found in his suite should be forfeited as proceeds of crime.

The suit, filed Monday against Mohammad Movassaghi by the province’s director of civil forfeiture, alleges that “a number of individuals … who were associated to organized crime” attended an illegal party on Jan. 31.

Vancouver police obtained a search warrant for Movassaghi’s penthouse at 777 Richards and found $8,740 that the government says came from illegal liquor sales.

The suit says there were 78 people at the party when police arrived, as well as “various menus listing liquors available and prices, as well as signage branded as “Granny’s” or “Granny’s Exotic Bar.”

Police found “COVID-19 Waiver forms” that some party attendees had signed, the statement of claim says.

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No statement of defence has yet been filed.

— Kim Bolan


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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