COVID-19 update for Oct. 22: 715 new cases, four deaths | B.C. residents may need two vaccine cards for different uses — one to dine out and one to travel | Corduroy Restaurant in Kitsilano ordered to close again

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. 22, 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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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on Oct. 21:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 200,249 (4,965 active)
• New cases since Oct. 20: 715
• Total deaths: 2,096 (four additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 377
• Intensive care: 136
• Total vaccinations: 4,141,865 received first dose; 3,883,585 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 192,819
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 26

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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.

B.C. residents may need two vaccine cards for different uses — one to dine out and one to travel

B.C.’s push to be first out of the gate with a COVID-19 vaccine passport may mean residents will need to carry both a provincial and a federal proof of vaccination — for the time being at least.

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On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government had struck a deal with Canada’s provinces and territories in which they would tailor their existing COVID passports (used to prove people are vaccinated in order to access restaurants and other venues) to suit the federal need for a vaccine passport to be used for domestic and international travel.

“I’m happy to confirm that all provinces and territories have confirmed that they will be moving forward with a standardized, national proof of vaccination,” Trudeau said in Ottawa.

The provinces planned to have their version of the Canadian document available by the end of November, according to government officials in a technical briefing held before Trudeau’s announcement.

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However, later that day, B.C. Premier John Horgan said there was confusion around the rollout of the federal passport and his government was still looking at how the two passport regimes could be brought together — and it could take months.

Horgan said B.C. was one of the first to introduce a proof-of-vaccine document, knowing it wouldn’t serve for international travel because the B.C. document doesn’t include enough detail.

—David Carrigg

Corduroy Restaurant in Kitsilano ordered to close again

Corduroy Restaurant in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood has been ordered to close and its business licence has been suspended again for defying B.C.’s COVID-19 rules.

Owner Rebecca Matthews, who has been an outspoken critic of the province’s vaccine cards and other COVID-19 health orders, posted a video on her Instagram Wednesday showing Vancouver Coastal Health staff serving her the closure notice.

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The city said it suspended Corduroy’s business licence following the order by Vancouver Coastal Health to close the establishment for refusing to follow mask rules and failing to ask for vaccination cards from restaurant guests.

Corduroy’s business licence is suspended until Dec. 31. It’s not the first time the restaurant has had its licence yanked by the city. It was suspended in April, along with its liquor licence.

— Tiffany Crawford

Canada to align vaccine passports with provinces: Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced provinces and the federal government have agreed on a new national vaccine passport for domestic and international travel — and many Canadians already have them in their phones and wallets.

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The provinces and territories agreed on the look, feel and security measures based on the international standard for Smart health cards.

Several have already begun to roll out the new proofs of vaccination, including Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Yukon.

It is distinguished by a Canada word mark in the top corner.

All provinces plan to have their version of the Canadian document available by the end of November, said government officials in a technical briefing held on condition of anonymity.


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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