COVID-19 update for June 19-20: Travel troubles the latest woe for AstraZeneca vaccine | B.C.’s premier gets second AZ shot | 109 new cases, one death

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 19-20, 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 18:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 146,902 (1,389 active cases)
• New cases since June 18: 109
• Total deaths: 1,740 (1 new death)
• Hospitalized cases: 128
• Intensive care: 48
• Total vaccinations: 4,296,151 doses administered; 823,371 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 143,748
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 3

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B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

5 a.m. – Travel troubles the latest woe for AstraZeneca vaccine

Blame Bruce Springsteen for beleaguered AstraZeneca’s latest woes.

The rocker’s recent concert announcement, which excludes people who haven’t been vaccinated by one of three vaccines, has some British Columbians wondering if they made the right choice.

The AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been linked to rare blood clotting, has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Those who received two doses of AstraZeneca won’t be able to attend Springsteen’s live Broadway show in New York, which is only open to fans who can show proof of being vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine.

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Setting aside the fact that it’s almost impossible for someone in B.C. to travel to New York right now, the news is worrying many who followed advice from local health officials and took the first vaccine they were offered.

Michael Slavitch said he made two separate appointments for his second dose, but now plans to cancel his AstraZeneca shot and take an mRNA one instead.

Slavitch said he’s particularly concerned about whether his AstraZeneca vaccine, or mixing and matching, will be accepted by other countries as international travel opens up.

“I’m confused about what to do,” he said. “Our government is responsible for cleaning up this mess.”

-Glenda Luymes

5 a.m. – Where can you go in the U.S. if you got the AstraZeneca shot? Not everywhere

Canadians who have been dosed with the AstraZeneca shot may not be allowed into some events in the U.S. until the Food and Drug Administration gives the vaccine the green light.

Rocker Bruce Springsteen is reopening his live Broadway show in New York next week, but fans who want to attend need to show proof that they have been inoculated with vaccines approved by the FDA, such as Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.

Those who received AstraZeneca, yet to be approved for use in the U.S., would not be allowed into the event, setting what may be a disappointing precedent for Canadians looking to attend events across the border.

Live tapings of popular TV shows such as Saturday Night Live and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert have also excluded AstraZeneca vaccine recipients, in rules published online, with the explanation that they’re acting as per “the direction of New York State.”

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Other Broadway shows looking to return in September have also indicated that they will follow COVID-19 protocols established at the time of the performance, but have not yet specified vaccination policies for audience members.

More than 1.7 million Canadians have received the AstraZeneca jab, the London Daily Telegraph reported.

The issue may still be up for discussion, Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones told the Toronto Sun, with an assurance that Ontarians who received a double dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be treated the same as recipients of other vaccines.

“We will make sure that individuals in Ontario and Canada who received a Health Canada-NACI approved AstraZeneca will have the same rights as individuals who received other vaccines,” she said.

– Devika Desai

5 a.m. – An update on B.C.’s reopening plans

In B.C., seated gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed at banquet halls, movie theatres and theatre performances.

High-intensity fitness classes are allowed and bars can serve liquor until midnight.

Indoor faith gatherings are allowed with a maximum of 50 people or up to 10 per cent of a building’s capacity.

Recreational travel within B.C. is allowed, but the province is asking those planning to visit from other provinces to delay those
plans until more people have had their vaccines.

The province is testing every positive COVID-19 case for variants of concern and testing, tracking and tracing for each case remains a priority.

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Rules for masks and physical distancing remain in place.

-The Canadian Press

12 a.m. – One additional death and 109 new cases of COVID-19

The province recorded 109 new cases Friday and one more death bringing the total number of deaths to 1,740 in British Columbia since the beginning of the pandemic.

B.C. has now vaccinated 76.7 per cent of all adults in the province and 75.1 per cent of those 12 and older have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

12 a.m.  – B.C. premier gets second AstraZeneca shot

B.C. premier John Horgan says he’s received a second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Horgan shared a photo of himself to social media on Friday afternoon holding a completed vaccination card.

In the post on Twitter, he says the best vaccine is the first vaccine offered.

It comes a day after provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there is no wrong choice for a second COVID-19 vaccine dose despite recommendations from a federal panel that people who received AstraZeneca first should choose Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna for a second shot.

— Canadian Press


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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