COVID-19 update for Oct. 27: 457 new cases, two deaths | B.C. is first jurisdiction in North America to offer booster shot to general population | Thousands of health care workers defy vaccination deadline

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. 27, 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. 26:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 202,973 (4,829 active)
• New cases since Oct. 25: 457
• Total deaths: 2,131 (Two additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 390 (up 24 patients)
• Intensive care: 15 (up by six patients)
• Total vaccinations: 4,155,181 received first dose; 3,918,355 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 195,646
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 28 (Outbreak at Evergreen Manor 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.

Outbreaks at Queen’s Park Care Centre and Rosemary Heights Seniors Village

Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Queen’s Park Care Centre (an acute care facility) in New Westminster after evidence of transmission in the rehabilitation unit. Two patients have tested positive for COVID-19 as part of this outbreak.

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The outbreak is limited to one unit, which is temporarily closed to admissions.

An outbreak has also been declared at Rosemary Heights Seniors Village in Surrey. Two residents and one staff member have tested positive.

Rosemary Heights Seniors Village is a long-term care facility that is owned and operated by Retirement Concepts.

‘Solemn day’ for B.C. as thousands of health care workers defy vaccination deadline

B.C.’s health minister called Tuesday a “solemn day” as 4,090 health care workers missed the deadline for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and were placed on unpaid leave before they could potentially lose their job.

Adrian Dix said 1,369 of the unvaccinated workers are in the Interior region of the province, which has a total of about 126,000 health-care workers, and that overall vaccination rates are also low in Northern health.

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—The Canadian Press

B.C. is first jurisdiction in North America to offer COVID-19 booster shot to general population

B.C. will be the first jurisdiction in North America to offer a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to the general population.

On Tuesday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that as of January a booster dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine would be offered to British Columbians aged 12 and over who have already received their second dose.

“Our vaccines are highly effective. However, we are starting to see a gradual decline in protection over time,” Henry said. “As a result, we are taking the proactive step of expanding boosters to everyone in our province.”

Until now, B.C. had followed other Canadian provinces and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in offering the third dose only to those in long-term care facilities, seniors and those in high-risk settings or who are immune-compromised.

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The new B.C. program will deliver millions of booster shots to the population aged 12 and over between January and May.

—David Carrigg, Kevin Griffin

B.C. reports 457 new cases, two deaths

There have been 457 new cases of COVID-19 reported in B.C. over the past 24 hours, as well as two more deaths.

Fraser Health still accounts for the most number of new cases, with 176. The Interior Health region had 83 new cases, Northern Health had 82 cases, Vancouver Coastal Health had 61 cases and Island Health had 55 new cases.


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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