COVID-19 update for June 29: Premier Horgan set to announce third phase of restart plan | Death toll higher outside long term care, says study | Pandemic fizzling out in B.C.

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 29, 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 28:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 147,549 (930 active cases)
• New cases since June 24: 145 (57/50/38)
• Total deaths: 1,754 (five new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 107
• Intensive care: 37
• Total vaccinations:4,886,709 doses administered; 1,320,194 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 144,848
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 5

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LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

1:45 p.m. – Premier John Horgan joins health officials to make announcement on next step in B.C.’s restart plan

B.C. Premier John Horgan is expected to join provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon today to make an announcement about the third phase of the province’s four-part restart plan, which kicks in on July 1. 

Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Monday that 145 COVID-19 infections and five deaths were diagnosed in B.C. over the previous three days.

High COVID vaccination rates and a dramatic drop in cases have set the stage for a further loosening of restrictions.

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The next step is expected to begin Thursday, when residents can go to dinner indoors and outdoors without a limit on numbers, and masks would no longer be mandatory.

3 a.m. – Researchers estimate thousands more died of COVID-19 outside long-term care

Canada may have undercounted more than 5,700 COVID-19 deaths during the first 10 months of the pandemic — and even more since then, says a new report from the Royal Society of Canada.

More than 26,000 people have died from COVID-19, so far, according to official data from the Public Health Agency of Canada. By Nov. 14, 2020, the country had recorded 11,009 deaths.

But the newly released study, which examined data between Feb. 1, 2020 and Nov. 28, 2020, found evidence that Canada has vastly undercounted COVID deaths. The report, completed by a team of five researchers, found that if Canada continued to miscount fatalities past last November “the pandemic mortality burden may be two times higher than reported.”

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Based on previous estimates, Canada is believed to have experienced 80 per cent of its COVID-19 deaths among people in long-term care, the report says. This is roughly double the average of 40 per cent among equivalent countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

However the report, released Tuesday morning, suggests that these uncounted deaths occurred primarily in Canadians older than 45 who were not living in long-term care homes. The team found that up to two-thirds of deaths that occurred outside of long-term care homes are missing from Canada’s total.

— National Post

12 a.m. – Pandemic fizzles in B.C. as more restrictions set to be lifted July 1 

The COVID-19 pandemic is fizzling out in B.C. as the provincial health officer prepares to lift more restrictions on Canada Day — giving people a choice of whether to wear a mask in public indoor settings.

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“Transmission has decreased. And we see particularly in the Lower Mainland where we have had high rates of cases for many, many months, they have now dropped dramatically,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry , as she reported 145 new cases over the past three days – including just 38 on Sunday.

Henry highlighted that the crucial disease reproductive rate has continued to fall below one across the province.

“What we can see is we now have a sustained low reproductive rate. That means that for most people who are infected, they are not passing this virus on to anybody else. That’s how the pandemic will fizzle out over time.”

— David Carrigg


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:

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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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