COVID-19 update for June 3: Government hiking fines for quarantine violations | 194 cases, four deaths | Study finds in some long-haul cases, air gets trapped in lungs

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 May 24, 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 2:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 144,667 (2,662 active cases)
• New cases since June 1: 194
• Total deaths: 1,707 (four new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 246
• Intensive care: 70
• Total vaccinations: 3,365,286 doses administered; 208,145 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 140,238
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 6

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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.

2 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.

5 a.m. – Federal government hiking fines for hotel quarantine violators

The federal government is increasing the fine for air travellers who refuse to quarantine in a designated hotel for three days after arriving in Canada.

Travellers who had faced a $3,000 fine if they didn’t abide by the requirement will instead be liable for a $5,000 penalty starting on Thursday.

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The move comes a week after a federal advisory panel raised a number of problems with the hotel quarantine and recommended the government end it.

The panel instead suggested travellers be required to quarantine in a hotel only if they fail to present a credible quarantine plan.

Hundreds of tickets have reportedly been doled out to violators since the hotel quarantine was first introduced in February.

5 a.m. – Health officials acknowledge return to normal life must be slow

Health officials say British Columbia’s COVID-19 restart plan will be a slow, cautious progression to normal life, but they acknowledge it may cause anxiety or fear in some people.

In a news release Wednesday, Health Minister Adrian Dix and the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, say many others are excited about the transition and people will be able to progress along with the restart plan or in a slower, more gradual process.

Dix and Henry say people must be mindful of communities that are assessing their own risks and take time to welcome back visitors.

They also say businesses will be required to have work safety plans based on individual risks.

The quarantine requirement has been criticized for several reasons, including whether it actually prevents the spread of COVID-19 and concerns many air travellers are avoiding the requirement by flying into the U.S. and driving into Canada.

-The Canadian Press

12 a.m. – B.C. reports 194 new cases, four deaths

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On Wednesday, B.C. health officials reported 194 new cases of COVID-19, making it second consecutive day — and only the second time in 2021 — that the province has posted a daily case count below 200.

There are 2,662 active cases of COVID-19 in the province with 246 people in hospital, including 70 being treated in intensive care.

More than 3.65 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., including 208,145 second doses.

As of Wednesday, 71.1 per cent of all adults in B.C. had received at least one dose of vaccine.

Despite the dwindling case numbers and rising vaccination rates, B.C. health officials stressed the public needs to remain vigilant to keep community transmission low.

12 a.m. – In some long-haul COVID cases, air gets trapped in lungs
Some COVID-19 survivors with persistent breathing symptoms have a condition called “air trapping,” in which inhaled air gets stuck in the small airways of the lung and cannot be exhaled.Researchers studied 100 COVID-19 survivors who were still having respiratory problems, like coughs and shortness of breath, an average of more than two months after their diagnosis. Overall, 33 had been hospitalized, including 16 who had needed intensive care.The amount of lung area showing so-called ground-glass opacities on imaging studies — a typical sign of lung damage from COVID-19 — was higher in the hospitalized group than in those with milder disease, and it was even higher in patients who had required intensive care.

COVID-19 severity made little difference in the average percentage of lung affected by air trapping, however. It was 25.4 per cent in patients not hospitalized, 34.5 per cent in those who were hospitalized without intensive care, and 27.2 per cent in patients who had been critically ill. By comparison, that proportion was 7.3 per cent in a group of healthy volunteers.

The air trapping was largely confined to patients’ narrowest airway passages, according to a report posted on Saturday on medRxiv ahead of peer review. “The long-term consequences” of these patients’ small airways disease “are not known,” the authors said.

— Reuters

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B.C. MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE COUNTS, VACCINATION RATES


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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