COVID-19 update for Oct. 26: Deadline arrives for certain B.C. health-care workers to be vaccinated or lose their jobs | 1,618 new cases on weekend, 20 deaths | Traveller returning home unable to use digital proof of vaccination at YVR | Moderna says vaccine for younger kids showed strong results

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. 26, 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. 25:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 202,516 (4,966 active)
• New cases since Oct. 22: 1,618 (613, 529 and 476)
• Total deaths: 2,129 (20 additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 366 (up by one patient)
• Intensive care: 149 (up by six patients)
• Total vaccinations: 4,152,455 received first dose; 3,010,536 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 195,055
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 29 (Outbreak at Tofino Hospital has been declared over)

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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.

Deadline arrives for certain B.C. health-care workers to be vaccinated or lose their jobs

A company that operates five long-term care homes in B.C. expects to issue termination notices on Tuesday to five employees who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19, according to the CEO of H&H Total Care Services.

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Another five employees chose to resign in the two weeks since the province issued a health order requiring all workers at long-term care and assisted living homes to have at least one COVID vaccination by Oct. 26.

The order was later expanded to include all workers in the acute care system, including hospitals, with a final deadline for vaccination two weeks later.

H&H employs about 625 workers in its five B.C. homes, including the Hamlets at Duncan and the Hamlets at Westside in Kamloops, so the 10 workers represent less than one per cent of its workforce.

“When the mandate first came out, we were pushing 20 per cent” or 125 workers, said CEO Hendrik Van Ryk. “We have had a significant improvement (in numbers vaccinated) in the last two weeks.”

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Read more HERE.

—Susan Lazaruk

Full vaccination rate in B.C. close to 85 per cent

The percentage of fully vaccinated people in B.C. aged 12 and older has hit 84.4 per cent.

On Monday, the B.C. Ministry of Health reported 7,029 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine and 19,478 second doses had been administered over the past three days.

There were 1,618 new cases of the disease reported over the same period and 20 deaths (bringing that total to 2,129).

There are now 4,966 active cases of the disease, of which 366 cases are being treated in hospital including 149 in intensive care.

B.C.’s COVID-19 fight appears to be in a holding pattern, with the situation worse in areas where vaccination rates are low. Across much of the province, despite the disease still being present, a new normal appears to be taking hold.

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This new normal allows access to most entertainment facilities only for those vaccinated – though no dancing – and masks worn always when in an indoor public space.

Traveller returning home unable to use digital proof of vaccination at YVR

Canada’s standardized federal vaccine passport for travellers will be available starting Oct. 30, but B.C. travellers will need, for a while , to carry two proof-of-vaccination cards, a provincial one for local services and a federal one for travel.

There are, in the meantime, some other snafus that need ironing out, according to some travellers.

New Westminister-resident Charles Wangersky recently returned to YVR with his wife and son after a trip to Florida for a family funeral.

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They had all completed the testing requirements and were carrying proof of full vaccination issued by B.C. Wangersky and his wife had their paper cards, while their son, Nick, had a digital version with the QR code.

Wangersky said a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer issued him and his wife forms with instructions to self-monitor since Florida is a hot spot.

However, Wangersky said the officer gave his adult son an order to self-quarantine for two weeks as he didn’t have a scanner to read the QR code.

Read more HERE.

—Joanne Lee-Young

Moderna says COVID shot for younger kids showed strong results

Moderna said that its COVID-19 vaccine showed a strong immune response in younger children in a late-stage clinical trial, paving the way for submission to regulators for clearance in those aged six to under 12.

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An interim analysis showed a protective antibody response from children in the study, Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna said Monday in a statement. Participants received two 50 microgram doses — half that initially given to adults — spaced 28 days apart.

Health officials are aiming to get immunizations to younger children before the holiday season, when travel and indoor activity can bring an increased risk of infection. As more adults are vaccinated, children are now making up a greater proportion of U.S. COVID cases amid the spread of the delta variant.

—Bloomberg


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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