COVID-19 update for June 22: B.C. government extends BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund | Close to a million B.C. residents fully vaccinated

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 22, 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 21:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 147,131 (1,204 active cases)
• New cases since June 19: 229 (94, 90 and 45)
• Total deaths: 1,743 (3 new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 108
• Intensive care: 48
• Total vaccinations: 4,436,432 doses administered; 935,401 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 144,153
• 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.

7 a.m. – B.C. government extends BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund 

B.C. is extending BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund to support people in financial crisis and help avoid disconnections of their electricity service.

Energy Minister Bruce Ralston said their are still families struggling to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

“By extending BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund, we are preventing disconnections, helping families get back on their feet and making life more affordable for British Columbians,” he said, in a statement Tuesday.

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The CCF program allows eligible BC Hydro customers who are facing a financial hardship due to a job loss, injury, illness or loss of a family member, and possible disconnection of their service, to access grants of up to $600 to pay their BC Hydro bill. A pilot of the CCF program ended on May 31.

Since it was launched, the government says the fund has helped more than 11,000 residential customers.

12 a.m. – B.C. reports 45 new cases Monday, as close to one million fully vaccinated

More than 77 per cent of B.C.’s adult population, and almost 76 per cent of people over the age of 12, have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

According to a joint statement issued by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix, 935,401 British Columbians have now received a second dose.

B.C. recorded 229 new COVID-19 cases on the weekend, including 94 new cases from Friday to Saturday, 90 new cases from Saturday to Sunday and 45 new cases Monday.

12 a.m. – No quarantine for fully-vaccinated air travellers: Ottawa

Fully vaccinated travellers will soon be able to return to Canada without a mandatory quarantine.

The first stage in loosening the border restrictions that have been in place for 15 months will begin at 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 5.

It will apply only to people already eligible to travel to Canada, including citizens, permanent residents, and people registered under the Indian Act.

Those travellers must have two doses of a vaccine approved by Health Canada, provide a negative COVID-19 test from 72 hours before arrival, take a second test upon arrival, and have a quarantine plan in the event the arrival test comes back positive.

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All others will still have to stay in hotel quarantine for up to three days pending a negative arrival test, and then quarantine at home for the remainder of the 14-day period.

Children who aren’t vaccinated will be able to return home with their parents, but must quarantine there for two weeks and take a second test eight days after arriving home.

– The 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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