COVID-19 update for Oct. 20: Some restrictions lifted in B.C. | 560 new cases, five deaths | Fraser Health seeks court order to close restaurant in Hope

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. 20, 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. 19:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 198,838 (4,913 active)
• New cases since Oct. 18: 560
• Total deaths: 2,086 (five additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 382
• Intensive care: 146
• Total vaccinations: 4,136,000 received first dose; 3,870,709 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 191,476
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 23


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Daily number of first doses of COVID-19 vaccine getting smaller

Latest data from the B.C. Ministry of Health shows just 2,245 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered on Monday. This is the fewest ever in a day since the vaccine rollout began last December.


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There were also 5,613 second doses administered, for a total of 7,858.

So far, 83.5 per cent of all British Columbians aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated, so the drop off is not surprising.

There were five COVID-19 related deaths and 560 new cases reported over the past day. There are 4,913 active case of which 382 are being treated in hospital including 146 in intensive care.

The seven-day average daily case count is dropping slowly, while active cases and hospitalizations remain relatively stable.

Fraser Health seeks court order to close restaurant in Hope

Fraser Health has gone to court, seeking to force the closure of a restaurant in Hope that has flouted COVID-19 regulations.

According to a document filed in the Supreme Court of B.C. on Oct. 19, Fraser Health and Medical Health Officer Dr. Emily Newhouse have applied for an injunction to close Rolly’s Restaurant.


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The documents states the restaurant at 888 Fraser Avenue had been ordered shut on Oct. 7, but has remained open.

The restaurant, whose owners do not ask to check customers B.C. Vaccine Card, had its licence suspended by the District of Hope for six months.

Restrictions lifted in B.C. allowing full capacity for concerts, sports events, weddings and parties

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has lifted capacity restrictions for all events – including concerts, sports events, weddings, parties and funerals.

Henry said this would take effect on Oct. 24, the day it will be mandatory to for anyone aged 12 and over to present their B.C. Vaccine Card to access most events, services and businesses. Until then, the 50 per cent capacity limit will remain in place.


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This means the Canucks Oct. 26 home opener will be at full capacity. The lifting of restrictions will also apply to movie theatres and symphonies.

City of Vancouver says staff must be vaccinated, but order does not cover councillors

While the City of Vancouver is telling all staff to get vaccinated by Dec. 6, elected officials are not included in the order.

On Tuesday, city councillors insisted there is no double standard.

Coun. Pete Fry said a vaccination mandate would be a “moot point” as all members of council have voluntarily disclosed that they are fully vaccinated. “We could consider a motion, but that seems unnecessary.”

Instead, council issued a public statement explaining all council members are vaccinated and support vaccination.


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“All members of council want to assure members of the public that they are voluntarily following the intent of the policy,” said the statement.

Coun. Jean Swanson blamed a “legal glitch” for the discrepancy. “I certainly think that if staff has to be, council should be as well,” she said.

-Glenda Luymes

‘People are hoarding’: Food shortages are the next supply-chain crunch

In Denver, public-school children are facing shortages of milk. In Chicago, a local market is running short of canned goods and boxed items.

But there’s plenty of food. There just isn’t always enough processing and transportation capacity to meet rising demand as the economy revs up.

More than a year and a half after the coronavirus pandemic upended daily life, the supply of basic goods at U.S. grocery stores and restaurants is once again falling victim to intermittent shortages and delays.


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“I never imagined that we’d be here in October 2021 talking about supply-chain problems, but it’s a reality,” said Vivek Sankaran, chief executive officer of Albertsons Cos., who echoed the laments of other retailers. “Any given day, you’re going to have something missing in our stores, and it’s across categories.”

In Denver, broken parts at the milk supplier’s plant affected shipments of half-pint cartons, on top of disruptions at one time or another in cereal, tortillas and juice.

“We’ve been struggling with supply-chain issues with different items since school started,” said Theresa Hafner, the executive director of food services at Denver Public Schools. “It just continues to pop up. It’s like playing whack-a-mole.”


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In Chicago, Dill Pickle Food Co-Op ran out of certain dry goods because its two main distributors haven’t been sending orders in full in recent weeks.

“Early in the pandemic, panic buying was the cause of many of the out-of-stock situations that grocers experienced,” general manager I’Talia McCarthy said in an email to store owners this month. “Although the food industry was able to somewhat rebound, the sustained nature of the pandemic, combined with the slow pace of vaccination globally and the recent surge caused by the Delta variant, have resurfaced the problem.”

-Bloomberg News


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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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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