COVID-19 update for Oct. 29: 758 cases, 10 deaths | B.C. health officer orders those who coach children to get vaccinated | Surgeries, tests postponed as 4,000 unvaccinated B.C. health-care workers put on leave

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. 29, 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.


As of the latest figures given on Oct. 28:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 204,330 (4,961 active)
• New cases since Oct. 27: 758
• Total deaths: 2,147 (10 additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 434 (up 12 patients)
• Intensive care: 155 (down by two patients)
• Total vaccinations: 4,160,780 received first dose; 3,933,596 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 196,858
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 33


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B.C. health officer orders those who coach children to get vaccinated

B.C.’s provincial health officer has updated rules for adults supervising or coaching youth sports teams, saying they must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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Health Minister Adrian Dix says the order is a reflection of the need to require vaccination in such settings, which are less structured than workplaces.

The new rules were posted on the provincial health officer’s website on Thursday.

Dix says the path is clear, that if you are supervising youth sports, you should be vaccinated.

He says he believes it’s absolutely the right decision under the circumstances.

758 new cases and 10 deaths

B.C. health officials reported 758 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total of active cases in the province to 4,961.

Out of the active cases, 434 people are in hospital, including 155 in intensive care.

At 74, Vancouver Coastal Health had the lowest number of new cases. Fraser Health reported 329 new infections; Northern Health, 133; Island Health, 114; and Interior Health, 108.


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Nearly three dozen health-care facilities are struggling with COVID-19 outbreaks. Among the latest are two facilities in Fraser Health, including Tabor Home, a long-term care home in Abbotsford, where one resident tested positive, and Burnaby’s Rideau Retirement Residence, where three residents were infected.

Ten new deaths were reported in the last 24-hour reporting period. Four of the deaths were in Fraser Health, four in Interior Health and two in Northern Health.

As of Thursday, more than 4.1 million British Columbians have been vaccinated with at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, making up 89.8 per cent of the eligible population.

Surgeries, tests postponed as 4,000 unvaccinated B.C. health-care workers put on leave

Surgeries are being postponed and access to diagnostic tests at hospitals and clinics in B.C. is being reduced because of the loss of health-care workers who have not been vaccinated.


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More than 4,000 health-care workers in B.C. who have not received at least one dose of vaccine were placed on unpaid leave on Tuesday. They have until Nov. 15 to get their first dose or they will be fired. In the meantime, the minister of health said health authorities have been working on plans to fill those vacancies.

Adrian Dix said largely urban health authorities such as Fraser and Vancouver Coastal are more able to fill vacancies because they have a larger pool of casual staff to draw on. Rural regions with lower vaccination rates, like Interior and Northern Health, face greater challenges.

There are about 126,000 public-sector health-care workers in B.C.


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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