COVID-19 update for Oct. 30-31: 584 new cases, nine deaths | B.C. extends mask requirement in indoor public spaces | Federal vaccine passport now available to British Columbians

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. 30-31, 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. 29:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 204,914 (4,982 active)
• New cases since Oct. 28: 584
• Total deaths: 2,156 (nine additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 436 (up two patients)
• Intensive care: 156 (up by one patient)
• Total vaccinations: 4,163,572 received first dose; 3,940,563 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 197,396
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 33

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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.

Unexpected vax order frustrates some youth sport programs, but most taking it in stride

Some youth sport leaders are frustrated with the province over the lack of communication on new vaccination requirements for supervising or coaching youth sports teams.

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Part of a provincial health order issued this week included a requirement that adults who are “leading, supervising or assisting” with a program for children or youth must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 . The rule applies to all youth programs, whether they take place inside or outside.

“We’re discouraged by the lack of consultation and being provided no timeline to comply,” said Jeff Clarke, a former Vancouver Whitecap and the technical director and operations manager for Surrey United soccer.

“We’re all for safety and compliance,” Clark said, “but something like this affects the kids and the volunteers, and as a non-profit we’re not equipped to pivot as quickly as a business.”

“The sudden and rapid implementation of this measure seems out of step with both our outdoor transmission data and with the phased-in approach used with other sectors,” Vancouver Athletic Football Club president Daren Sherbot wrote in a statement.

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—Nathan Griffiths

584 new cases, nine deaths

On Friday, B.C. reported 584 new cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths.

The new cases bring the total of active cases in the province to 4,982. Out of this, 436 cases are in people requiring hospitalization, including 156 in intensive care.

Fraser Health has the highest number of active cases, gaining 232 more on Friday. Northern Health reported 104 new infections, while Interior Health had 85; Island Health, 82; and Vancouver Coastal Health had 81.

The nine additional deaths add to a provincial death toll of 2,156 in B.C. since the pandemic began.

There has been one new outbreak at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre. In total, B.C. currently has a total of 33 active outbreaks at health-care facilities.

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The number of vaccinated British Columbians continue to inch slowly up. As of Friday, 89.8 per cent of eligible people age 12 and older have received a first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. More than 3.9 million people, or 85 per cent of the eligible population, are fully vaccinated.

B.C. extends mask requirement in indoor public spaces

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has extended the mask mandate requiring all British Columbians age five and older, regardless of their vaccination status, to wear masks in indoor public spaces.

The previous order was set to expire Oct. 31, and has been extended indefinitely.

Henry said the mask requirement was extended “during this time of higher transmission of COVID-19 in communities.”

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Masks are required in settings including malls, retail stores, grocery stores, coffee shops, on public transportation, restaurants, sports and fitness facilities.

Masks can be removed temporarily when eating or drinking at restaurants or when participating in a sport or fitness activity.

Federal vaccine passport now available to British Columbians

British Columbians can now download the federal vaccine passport to use for travel.

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced earlier this month that Canada will have a standardized vaccine passport, B.C.’s proof-of-vaccine program was not immediately compatible with the federal system and needed to be tweaked first.

On Friday, the B.C. government announced the federal vaccine card can now be accessed the same way as the B.C. Vaccine Card through the  Health Gateway website  .

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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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