COVID-19 update for Oct. 21: Canada to unveil vaccine passport plans Thursday | 696 new cases, six deaths | Outbreak declared at Burnaby assisted living facility | Abbotsford mom confused by ‘mixed messages’ from contact tracers

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. 21, 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. 20:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 199,534 (4,888 active)
• New cases since Oct. 19: 696
• Total deaths: 2,092 (six additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 370
• Intensive care: 139
• Total vaccinations: 4,138,787 received first dose; 3,876,579 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 192,189
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 24

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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.

Canada to unveil vaccine passport plans Thursday: Source

Canada will unveil plans on Thursday for a vaccine passport, a government source said on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau laying out how the proof-of-vaccination method will be implemented.

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Trudeau is slated to speak to reporters in Ottawa at 10 a.m. following a technical briefing by officials from several government departments including immigration, public health, transportation and the Canada Border Services Agency.

As COVID-19 vaccination rates rise and travel resumes, countries including Canada have begun requiring proof of vaccination as a condition of travel. For Canadians, that has so far meant receipts or QR codes that differ from province to province.

Canada recently reopened its borders to international travellers bearing proof of vaccination, and previously waived quarantine requirements for returning Canadian travellers who showed they were immunized.

-Reuters

Daily number of new COVID-19 cases ticks up slightly

There were six COVID-19 related deaths and 696 new cases reported in B.C. Wednesday. There are 4,888 active case of which 370 are being treated in hospital including 139 in intensive care.

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

So far, 83.6 per cent of all British Columbians aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated and 89.3 per cent of those over 12 have received their first dose.

Outbreak declared at Burnaby assisted living facility

Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Swedish Assisted Living Residence in Burnaby. Two residents and one staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

Both residents and the staff member are in self-isolation at their homes, according to the health authority.

In a statement, Fraser Health wrote that it has worked with the site to support the implementation of enhanced control measures and to identify anyone who may have been exposed.

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A total of 24 health facilities in B.C. are dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks.

Hope restaurant closes its doors as Fraser Health seeks injunction

A Hope restaurant that has been flouting COVID-19 health regulations for more than a month was closed on Wednesday, but it’s not clear for how long.

Rolly’s Restaurant closed two days after the Fraser Health Authority filed a court application seeking an injunction to close if for its failure to check on the vaccination status of patrons. The restaurant had also had its business licence suspended.

“Up until today, Rolly’s Restaurant has been continuing to operate despite the fact that their business licence has been suspended,” Donna Bellingham, the District of Hope’s director of corporate services, said in an email Wednesday.

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“Today they did not open, but we have not received any notification from them to indicate that this is a closure that will continue. With that said, bylaw enforcement will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis.”

The owners of the restaurant could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

-Keith Fraser

Abbotsford mom confused by ‘mixed messages’ from contact tracers

After two of her four kids tested positive for COVID-19, Marie Haak divided her living room with painter’s tape and worried about whether she should go back to work.

Because she is fully vaccinated, the Abbotsford educational assistant was given the all-clear to return to her students by the first contact tracer she spoke to last week.

But a second contact tracer, who called after another one of her children tested positive, was more hesitant and advised her to call 811, the provincial health advice hotline, to discuss it further.

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Haak said she struggled with the decision as she and her husband pulled apart their dining table to make two eating areas, posted signs reminding their kids to mask up in the hallway, and used green tape to separate their living room into zones.

“In the end, it was basically my own choice,” she said Tuesday. “There’s a lot of our world right now that seems inconsistent, and if you’re getting mixed messages from health authorities, it can be very overwhelming.”

As COVID-19 cases among children aged 5 to 11 jumped with the start of school , more parents have been forced to navigate pandemic-related challenges, from having a sick kid to isolating them after an exposure. But some say their experience with Fraser Health has left them confused.

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Read more HERE.

-Glenda Luymes


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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