COVID-19 update for June 11: B.C. on track for Step 2 of reopening next week | Cases continue to drop | Moderna delivering 7.1 million doses to Canada

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 11, 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 June 10:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 145,996 (1,910 active cases)
• New cases since June 7: 153
• Total deaths: 1,729 (four new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 176
• Intensive care: 49
• Total vaccinations: 3,823,103 doses administered; 443,562 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 142,314
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 7

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B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

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

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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.

5 a.m. – B.C. on track for Step 2 of reopening next week as modelling shows cases could dip by the fall

B.C. could be at a manageable level of COVID-19 cases by the fall even as the province reopens — if vaccination uptake stays high and interpersonal contacts, while increasing, stay below pre-pandemic levels.

According to provincial modelling data presented Thursday, a return to 70 per cent of pre-pandemic interpersonal contacts and high vaccine uptake would mean close to zero daily COVID cases by the start of September.

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Even with an 80 per cent contact rate, cases can be kept to manageable levels, thanks to the level of protection given by vaccines and continued public health measures, said B.C.’s provincial health officer.

“Even with increased contact rate as much as 80 per cent over the next few weeks, we are more likely to see more cases arrive, but they are not going to be transmitted in our communities the way we’ve seen before,” Dr. Bonnie Henry said.

For the first time in months, the province’s COVID-19 reproductive rate is below one, which means each sick person is transmitting the virus to less than one other person — a change from modelling in April that showed that rate rising.

-Cheryl Chan

5 a.m. – Race is on for Canada to vaccinate its way out of potential fourth wave driven by Delta variant

Loved ones are hugging again inside Ontario’s long-term care homes, Quebec has blessed mask-free, outdoor proms for July and, outside of Manitoba, COVID-19 is dwindling,

Canada’s COVID odyssey is drawing closer to its end. The wild card hovering on the horizon, however, is Delta, the variant behind runaway infections in India and that is now “essentially across Canada,” according to the country’s chief public health officer.

In fact, Delta is not yet widespread, but will be as soon as borders open and travel resumes, said University of Ottawa virologist Dr. Marc-André Langlois, lead of Canada’s Coronavirus Variants Rapid Response Network.

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“Right now, most Delta cases are caught at border entry points and there has been relatively few cases within the country,” he said.

In the United Kingdom, Delta has surpassed Alpha, formerly known as the U.K. variant first identified in England, and risks upending the nation’s full reopening, slotted for June 21. It’s almost certain that Delta will overtake Alpha in Canada, “once lockdown and sanitary measures are eased,” Langlois said.

It’s also well within the realm of possibility that Canada could see another pandemic wave, possibly by the end of summer, Langlois said, one that “will affect severely those not vaccinated, and mildly those vaccinated once.”

Double-vaccination offers upwards of nearly 90 per cent protection against Delta, but a single shot, less so. “This is why there is a race against the clock for national double-vaccine coverage,” Langlois said.

-Sharon Kirkey

12 a.m. – 153 new cases, four deaths

The number of COVID-19 cases in B.C. continue to decline.

There were 153 new cases reported on Thursday, and four additional deaths.

12 a.m. – Moderna delivering 7.1 million doses to Canada next week

Moderna will ship 7.1 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to Canada next week, Procurement Minister Anita Anand says.

Moderna confirmed Wednesday that it would be delivering another seven million doses this month, with the supply coming for the first time from its production lines in the United States, instead of Europe.

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It had not confirmed the specific delivery schedule.

Anand says Moderna will send 2.9 million doses in the middle of next week, and the remaining 4.2 million by the end of the week.

-The Canadian Press


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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