COVID-19 update for June 14: B.C. set to enter second phase of re-start plan today | Canada to receive 9.5 million vaccines this week, mostly Moderna

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 14, 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 11:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 146,176 (1,880 active cases)
• New cases since June 10: 180
• Total deaths: 1,730 (one new death)
• Hospitalized cases: 162
• Intensive care: 45
• Total vaccinations: 3,893,581 doses administered; 497,932 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 142,526
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 7

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LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

10:30 a.m. – B.C. Premier set to speak as B.C. enters second phase in re-start plan

The next steps in British Columbia’s reopening plan are expected to be announced today.

Premier John Horgan is set to update the second phase of the four-step restart plan launched last month with relaxed restrictions on gatherings, outdoor team sports and indoor and outdoor dining.

Today’s announcement could include the lifting of province-wide travel restrictions, the return of high-intensity indoor fitness classes and the extension of liquor service hours to midnight.

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Horgan says the four-step plan looks to the return B.C. to its pre-pandemic ways after September 7.

— The Canadian Press

6 a.m. –  Entering post-COVID world sparks anxiety for some, but uneasiness is normal reaction: experts

Our fear of contracting COVID-19 may be at its lowest level since the pandemic began in earnest, but when Maru Public Opinion asked a sample of Canadians what they believe is going to stick after COVID fully recedes, many said they intend to wash their hands more, avoid large crowds more, and vacation within driving distance more often rather than flying. They were less enamoured than before COVID with buffets, cruise ships, getting on a subway or bus, “working in an office with colleagues close by” or going out with someone they don’t know particularly well.

After fifteen months of rolling lockdowns and lifts, some reopening skittishness is normal. Move people from high alert (danger!) to good to sort-of-go again, and “it’s going to take some time for you to get comfortable again,” said Dr. Thomas Ungar, psychiatrist-in-chief at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital.

Canadians have experienced a real, existential threat to their lives and way of living. Thousands are grieving the loss of loved ones or livelihoods. “Most of us have felt some sadness, anxiety, frustration, boredom, worry,” Ungar said, all of which are appropriate for one of the worst respiratory pandemics of the last 100 years.

— National Post

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12 a.m. – Canada to receive 9.5M vaccine doses this week thanks to influx of Moderna shots

Canada is poised to receive around 9.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this week thanks to a massive infusion of shots from Moderna.

The federal government says the Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical firm will deliver a total of 7.1 million jabs in two separate shipments this week.

The first shipment of 2.9 million doses is scheduled to arrive and be sent to provinces in the middle of the week. The remaining 4.2 million will arrive later in the week, but won’t be sent to provinces and territories until next week.

Another 2.4 million doses are also due to come from Pfizer and BioNTech, which have been consistently delivering large weekly shipments since mid-March.

The shipments expected over the next seven days will more than double the number of shots Moderna has sent Canada’s way. The company had only delivered 6.2 million by the end of last week, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

— The Canadian Press

12 a.m. –B.C. set to lift more restrictions on Tuesday. Here’s what you’ll be able to do

Personal gatherings:

• Outdoor personal gatherings up to 50 people such as birthday parties, backyard BBQs, block parties.
• Playdates.

Organized gatherings:

• Indoor seated organized gatherings up to 50 people with a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Travel:

• Provincial travel restrictions lifted.
• Recreational travel within B.C. allowed.

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Businesses:

• Liquor served until midnight.
• Banquet halls can operate with limited capacity and a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Offices/workplaces:

• Continued return to the workplace.
• Small, in-person meetings allowed.

Sports and exercise:

• Indoor high intensity group exercise allowed with reduced capacity.
• Indoor games and practices for both adults and youth group/team sports allowed.
• No spectators at any indoor sport activities.
• Outdoor spectators up to 50 allowed.

— Denise Ryan


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

Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and 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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