COVID-19 update for Oct. 14: Point Roberts leaders want COVID test exemption for Canadian visitors |605 new cases, four deaths | Canadian snowbirds look forward to flocking to U.S. again next month | Alberta judge hands out fines instead of jail to prevent notoriety for violators

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. 14, 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.

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As of the latest figures given on Oct. 13:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 195,186 (5,172 active)
• New cases since Oct. 12: 605
• Total deaths: 2,033 (four additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 357 (up 21)
• Intensive care: 153 (stable)
• Total vaccinations: 4,120,063 received first dose; 3,835,506 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 187,564
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 19


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Point Roberts leaders want COVID test exemption for Canadian visitors

COVID-19 testing requirements for Canadians driving home from the United States could only prolong the hardships for the tiny coastal town of Point Roberts, Wash., community leaders say.


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Brian Calder, president of the Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce, said that before COVID-19, the community would see about 1.5 million visitors each year, but half of them often spent an hour or less in the town getting cheaper gas, buying groceries or checking on their cabins or boats.

When the U.S. border reopens to vaccinated Canadians, there will be no testing requirement to go south, but Canada requires a negative COVID-19 test to return and Calder said that’s a problem for Point Roberts.

Point Roberts only offers testing on Wednesdays and Sundays, which he said would limit Canadian visitors.

He said he’s hoping the Canadian government lifts the testing regulation for the town.

-The Canadian Press

Intensive care patient numbers stable in B.C. as 605 new cases reported

The number of people in intensive care in B.C. with COVID-19 is stable at 153, according to figures released on Wednesday.


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There were 605 new cases reported over the past day and four deaths (bringing that toll to 2,033). There are now 5,172 active cases of the disease (a slight drop) of which 374 are being treated in hospital including the 153 in intensive care. These hospital numbers do not include patients who were admitted to hospital with COVID-19 and remain there but are no longer contagious.

Eighty two point seven per cent of B.C.’s population aged 12 and over is now fully vaccinated.

Canadian snowbirds look forward to flocking to U.S. again next month

While Canadian snowbirds are looking forward to being able to drive across the border to the United States next month, U.S. businesses in border areas are worried about the kind of restrictions Canada will place on travellers returning home.


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The U.S. has announced it will remove restrictions on travellers who are fully vaccinated entering the country by land from Canada and Mexico some time in early November.

A pair of snowbirds who look forward to the change are Wendy Caban and her husband Geoff, both 73.

They’re already planning the four-day trip from their home in Lake Country in the Okanagan Valley to Mesa, Ariz.

Wendy Caban said they won’t head to the border crossing at Oroville-Osoyoos on the day the change takes effect. She said they’ll wait several days to see what the lineups are like.

“We are dancing jigs around our living room,” she said of the announcement.

“All snowbirds have been anxiously awaiting this news.”

-Kevin Griffin

Point Roberts leaders want COVID test exemption for Canadian visitors


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Alberta judge hands out fines instead of jail to prevent notoriety for COVID-19 violators

An Alberta judge has decided to spare a pastor, his brother and a cafe owner jail time for violating COVID-19 rules because he didn’t want the three men to cash in on the notoriety of additional time behind bars.

Justice Adam Germain says that Pastor Artur Pawlowski and his brother, Dawid Pawlowski, will face stiff fines because they would like nothing better than to become martyrs with additional time in jail.

Alberta Health Services had recommended 21 days for the pastor and 10 days for his brother, but Germain opted for a $23,000 fine for Artur Pawlowski and $10,000 for Dawid Pawlowski plus probation, which will prevent them from leaving Alberta.


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The Pawlowski brothers, who are from Calgary, were arrested in May and accused of organizing an illegal gathering as well as promoting and attending an illegal gathering.

Christopher Scott, owner of the Whistle Stop Cafe in the hamlet of Mirror, northeast of Red Deer, will pay $20,000 in fines and get 18 months probation as well.

He was also arrested in May at the end of an anti-lockdown rally.

-The Canadian Press


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:


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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