COVID-19 update for June 15: Travel restrictions lift, larger gatherings allowed starting today | Cases and hospitalizations continue to drop | More than 250,000 people register in Alberta’s $1-million vaccine lotto

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 15, 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 14:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 146,453 (1,573 active cases)
• New cases since June 11: 277
• Total deaths: 1,734 (four new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 136
• Intensive care: 42
• Total vaccinations: 4,048,346 doses administered; 613,453 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 143,147
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 4

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B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

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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.

3 a.m. – Police road checks on non-essential travel end

As COVID-19 restrictions on non-essential travel within B.C. are lifted today, police road checks established in the first week of May have also come to an end.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet says more than 14,000 vehicles were stopped at the checkpoints set up along several highways on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between May 6th and last weekend.

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She says just 26 vehicles were told to turn around by police and another 236 voluntarily turned around at the checks established to prevent people from travelling between three regional zones for non-essential reasons.

No tickets were handed out as a result of the checks.

— The Canadian Press

12 a.m. – COVID-19 restart: Travel restrictions lifted, more activities allowed in Step 2

Starting Tuesday, British Columbians can once again travel freely throughout the province and gather in larger numbers under Step 2 of the provincial restart plan.

This is the next step forward in allowing life to return to pre-pandemic times after Labour Day, Premier John Horgan told a news conference on Monday.

“Dr. Henry’s modelling shows we’re on the right path. Case counts are declining, hospitalizations are stabilizing and vaccinations are climbing at a positive rate. What we need to do now is take the next careful steps forward.”

There were just 68 cases of COVID-19 reported in B.C. on Sunday — with 1,537 active case of which 136 are being treated in hospital. All these numbers are steadily falling while more than three quarters of people have received at least on dose of vaccine.

Step 2 allows individuals to host up to 50 people outdoors, but indoor private gatherings will remain limited to five guests or one other household.

Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed in regulated settings, such as banquet halls and restaurants. Liquor service will be extended until midnight at all restaurants, bars and pubs.

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But Henry said safety protocols, including mask wearing indoors and physical distancing, remain in place. Health officials will monitor COVID-19 case data as the date approaches for the next step in the reopening plan on July 1.

— Lisa Cordasco

12 a.m. – B.C.’s key COVID-19 metrics keep falling

COVID-19 cases, active cases, hospitalizations, tests, positive results and the number of people in intensive care continues to fall in B.C.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported just 68 cases on Sunday – the lowest since the start of the second wave of the pandemic in late August.

Henry said there were 277 cases identified from Friday to Sunday — or 92 a day on average (96 on Friday, 113 on Saturday and 68 on Sunday). Of the 4,186 tests done on Sunday 2.6 per cent were positive, while the number of daily tests and percent positive outcomes continues to fall since the peak of the third wave in late April.

Henry said there are 1,401 active cases of COVID-19 in the community and 136 being treated in hospital – including 42 in intensive care. This is the lowest number in hospital since Nov. 8.

There were four deaths over the past three days, bringing that total to 1,734.

— David Carrigg

12 a.m. – More than 250,000 Albertans register online for first $1-million vaccine lottery: Kenney

More than one-quarter of a million Albertans registered online Monday afternoon for a new lottery meant to encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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At an afternoon press conference, Premier Jason Kenney announced the launch of the Open for Summer Lottery, with those over the age of 18 who have received at least one shot eligible to enter three $1-million draws. The first is to be held in July.

“We need everyone on the fence, those who want to get a shot but have just been putting it off for a while, to get their dose now,” he said.

Brock Harrison, Kenney’s director of communications and planning, posted on Twitter following the announcement that there were 56,943 entries within the first hour, and 268,333 as of 4 p.m. Monday.

Those who are eligible can register at www.alberta.ca/lottery. They only need to enter once, but must be able to provide proof they have received their first dose to collect the winnings. To win the August and September draws, you must be able to provide proof of a second dose.

The first lottery is meant to boost vaccination uptake, which is a key marker in the province’s reopening plan but has slowed recently.

— National Post


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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