COVID-19 update for Oct. 13: U.S. to lift Canada land border restrictions in Nov. for vaccinated visitors | Almost 2,000 workers in B.C.’s long-term and assisted-living homes refuse vaccination, risk dismissal | Outbreak at Tofino Hospital | 2,029 new cases, and 28 deaths on long weekend

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 Oct. 13, 2021.

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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 Oct. 12:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 194,581 (5,183 active)
• New cases since Oct. 8: 2,090 (603/634/468/385)
• Total deaths: 2,029 (28 additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 357 (down three)
• Intensive care: 153 (up 16)
• Total vaccinations: 4,117,400 received first dose; 3,830,063 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 186,955
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 20

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IN-DEPTH:   Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: B.C.’s vaccine passport is here and this is how it works

COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

COVID-19: Look up your neighbourhood in our interactive map of case and vaccination rates in B.C.

COVID-19: Afraid of needles? Here’s how to overcome your fear and get vaccinated

COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

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


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

Almost 2,000 workers in B.C.’s long-term and assisted-living homes refuse vaccination, risk dismissal

About four per cent of the 49,000 people who work at B.C.’s long-term and assisted-living homes hadn’t been vaccinated for COVID-19 by Tuesday, the first day a public health order requiring them to have at least one dose as a condition of their employment came into effect.

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A similar order is coming later this month for health care workers in acute and community care settings.

For one of the largest LTCs, Menno Place in Abbotsford with 675 employees, that meant nine permanent workers and 19 casual employees were forbidden by a public health order from working and face termination in two weeks unless they get vaccinated, said CEO Karen Biggs.

“Some people chose to retire at this time rather than be vaccinated,” she told Postmedia via email. “Others are on long term disability or leaves so we don’t know their vaccination status.”

The province has collected data from all but four of the 546 long-term and assisted-living homes in the province. Of the 48,897 staff members approximately 96 per cent have had their first dose, and 93 per cent have had both doses.

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-Susan Lazaruk

U.S. to lift Canada land border restrictions in Nov. for vaccinated visitors

The United States will lift restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals in early November, ending historic curbs on non-essential travelers in place since March 2020 to address the COVID-19 pandemic, two U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

The rules, which will be formally announced by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday, will cover land borders and ferry crossings. They are similar but not identical to planned requirements announced last month for international air travelers, the officials said in a call with reporters.

Lawmakers from U.S border states praised the move to lift the unprecedented restrictions which harmed the economies of local communities and prevented visits to friends and families.

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“Since the beginning of the pandemic, members of our shared cross-border community have felt the pain and economic hardship of the land border closures. That pain is about to end,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.

-Reuters

RCMP investigating after man glues doors shut at Langford vaccine clinic

RCMP on Vancouver Island are investigating after the door locks of a Langford COVID-19 vaccine clinic were glued shut.

The incident happened on Sept. 29 during off-hours at a clinic in Langford. The glue made the doors inoperable and entry into the clinic impossible.

The suspect is a man who is 5-foot-8, in his 50’s and has a medium build. He has a moustache and glasses, and was wearing a blue plaid shirt, blue jeans and a black poncho when the incident occurred.

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“While we understand that not everyone share the same beliefs during this pandemic, this act of mischief is a criminal offence and will be treated as such,” said Const. Alex Bérubé of the West Shore RCMP in a news release.

Investigators were able to obtain video surveillance footage and are looking to identify the suspect.

-Mike Raptis

Outbreak declared at Tofino General Hospital

Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Tofino General Hospital after evidence of transmission on the inpatient unit.

Four patients have tested positive for COVID-19 related to this outbreak. The outbreak at is limited to the inpatient unit. The emergency department and the rest of the hospital remains open. There has been no impact to other areas of the hospital at this time.

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Upon declaring the outbreak, Island Health immediately implemented precautions, including enhanced cleaning and contact tracing to protect the health of all patients, staff and medical staff. Communication with patients, families and staff is ongoing.

Island Health has implemented comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in long-term care, acute care, assisted living and licensed facilities.

Active cases falling, but B.C. reports 28 deaths over past four days

B.C. reported 28 deaths over the long weekend and 2,090 new cases of COVID-19.

The only bright note in today’s numbers is that the case count got progressively lower over the fours days (dropping from 603 to 385) and the number of active cases fell 786 to 5,183.

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There were 9,734 first doses of vaccine administered during the same period and 18,987 second doses – leaving 82.6 per cent of B.C.’s population aged 12 and over fully vaccinated.

Of the active cases, 357 are being treated in hospital including 153 in intensive care.

There have been two new health-care facility outbreaks at West Shore Laylum and Evergreen Manor (Fraser Health), for a total of 19 active outbreaks.

From Oct. 4-10 people not fully vaccinated accounted for 68.1 per cent of cases.


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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