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3Jul

COVID-19 update for July 3-4: Fraser Health to set up vaccine clinics at popular beaches | 84 cases, two deaths | Outbreak over at Minoru Residence

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for July 3-4, 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 July 2:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 147,705 (729 active cases)
• New cases since June 30: 84
• Total deaths: 1,756 (two new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 99
• Intensive care: 30
• Total vaccinations: 5,124,693 doses administered; 1,526,711 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 145,200
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 8

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5 a.m. – Fraser Health to set up vaccine clinics at popular beaches this week

Starting this week, Fraser Health will set up COVID-19 immunization clinics at two popular local beaches for people 12 years and older who still need to be immunized.

Fraser Health says Crescent Beach in South Surrey and the main beach at Cultus Lake in the east Fraser Valley are popular destinations during the summer months.

The Crescent Beach clinic will start on Tuesday and the Cultus Lake one will start on Friday at Main Beach. Both will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The beach-side clinics aim to meet people where they are, or will be, congregating during the summer season.

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Those attending the beach-side immunization clinics are reminded to take precautions from the heat including wearing sunscreen, staying hydrated, and having something to eat and drink before your appointment.

12 a.m. – Vancouver Coastal says outbreak at Minoru Residence is over

Another care home outbreak was declared over Friday.

Vancouver Coastal Health has declared the COVID-19 outbreak over at Minoru Residence in Richmond.

Three residents tested positive for COVID-19 during the outbreak but there were no deaths among staff or residents.

The home is open to new admissions and transfers and is working to resume all group activities and visitation, said VCH.

12 a.m. – 84 new cases since June 30 and two deaths recorded

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The province recorded a total of 84 new cases of COVID-19, including 49 new cases from June 30 to July 1 and 35 new cases Friday.

There were two new COVID-19 related deaths in B.C. bringing  the total to 1,756 deaths so far.

There is a new outbreak recorded at Royal Inland Hospital in the Interior Health. The outbreak at Glenwood Seniors Community in the Fraser Health region is over.

The province has vaccinated 78.7 per cent of all adults in B.C. and 77.5 per cent of those 12 and older with their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, 35.2 per cent of all adults in B.C. and 32.9 per cent of those 12 and older have received their second dose.


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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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2Jul

COVID-19: B.C. reports 84 new cases, two new deaths as officials warn about heat

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Health officials say nearly 79 per cent of eligible adults and 77.5 per cent of eligible youths have received a first dose of vaccine.

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VICTORIA — British Columbia health officials say two more people have died and 84 new COVID-19 infections have been reported over the last two days.

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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix say nearly 79 per cent of eligible adults and 77.5 per cent of eligible youths have received a first dose of vaccine.

About 35 per cent of adults and 33 per cent of youths have received second doses.

Henry and Dix say in a release that more than 5.1 million vaccine doses have been administered, of which 1.5 million are second doses.

The two new deaths bring B.C.’s total to 1,756 since the pandemic began.

Henry and Dix say people should check on family members and friends as the province continues to deal with high temperatures.


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1Jul

COVID-19 update for July 1: Dr. Bonnie Henry says keep masks on | Euro 2020 blamed for spreading virus | B.C. reports 44 new cases, no deaths

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for July 1, 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 June 30:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 147,621 (816 active cases)
• New cases since June 28: 44
• Total deaths: 1,754 (no new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 108
• Intensive care: 34
• Total vaccinations: 5,002,916 doses administered; 1,421,506 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 145,032
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 8

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IN-DEPTH:COVID-19: Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

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 are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021

COVID-19: Have you been exposed? Here are all B.C. public health alerts

COVID-19 at B.C. schools: Here are the school district exposure alerts

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3 p.m. – Health officials are set to share latest figures on COVID-19 in B.C.

Health officials are expected to update the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province.

6:30 a.m. – Euro 2020 under fire for helping spread COVID-19

The Euro 2020 soccer tournament was on Thursday blamed for a surge in coronavirus cases as fans have flocked to stadiums, bars and spectator zones across Europe to watch the action while the pandemic still raged.

Germany’s interior minister called European soccer’s governing body UEFA “utterly irresponsible” for allowing big crowds at the tournament.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said the mixing of crowds in Euro 2020 host cities, travel and easing of social restrictions had driven up the number of new cases rose by 10 per cent.

A 10-week decline in new infections across Europe had come to an end and a new wave is inevitable if football fans and others drop their guard, WHO senior emergency officer Catherine Smallwood said in Copenhagen.

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5:45 p.m. — B.C. residents should still wear masks in indoor public places

British Columbia’s top doctor is encouraging people to continue wearing masks in all indoor places, even as they’re no longer mandatory starting Canada Day.

Dr. Bonnie Henry says masks remain an important layer of protection until more people have immunity from two doses of vaccine, which nearly 31 per cent of residents aged 12 and over have received.Henry says the next phase of B.C.’s restart plan is a chance to look ahead and reconnect but also to recognize the challenges various communities have faced over the last year and a half.

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3:45 p.m. – B.C. reports 44 new cases, no deaths

More than 5 million British Columbians have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine as the province’s case numbers continue to dwindle.

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said in a joint statement Wednesday that 78.5 per cent of all adults in B.C. have received their first dose of vaccine, while 32.8 per cent of all adults, more than 1.4 million people, are now fully vaccinated against the respiratory disease.

B.C. health officials reported 44 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, but no new deaths. The pandemic death toll in B.C. remains at 1,754.

Fraser Health accounted for the most new cases with 17, while Interior Health has 14, Vancouver Coastal Health 12 and the Island Health region recorded a single infection. There were no new cases in the Northern Health region.

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Of the 816 active cases, 108 individuals are currently hospitalized, 34 of whom are in intensive care.

1:40 p.m. – Extended hours for liquor stores due to COVID now permanent

The extended opening times temporarily granted to B.C. liquor stores are now a permanent option.

The provincial government authorized liquor retailers to open as early as 7 a.m. during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow for physical distancing for seniors and those who are immunocompromised.

This temporary authorization is set to expire on June 30, but has been permanently extended after feedback from the industry.

Liquor retailers can now operate between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily.


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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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26Jun

COVID-19 update for June 26-27: Fraser Health rebooking vaccines due to heat wave | 72 new cases, two deaths

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for June 26-27, 2021.

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 June 25:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 147,418 (1,096 active cases)
• New cases since June 23: 72
• Total deaths: 1,749 (two new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 108
• Intensive care: 37
• Total vaccinations:4,703,549 doses administered; 1,167,117 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 144,554
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 6

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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 are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021

COVID-19: Have you been exposed? Here are all B.C. public health alerts

COVID-19 at B.C. schools: Here are the school district exposure alerts

COVID-19: Avoid these hand sanitizers that are recalled in Canada

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11 a.m. – Fraser Health rebooking vaccines dues to extreme heat wave

Due to the extreme heat wave that is affecting Abbotsford and other areas of B.C., Fraser Health is rebooking COVID-19 vaccine appointments at the Abbotsford Ag-Rec Centre that were scheduled for 1 p.m. or later today.

The heat wave is causing elevated internal temperatures in the clinic and, as a result, Fraser Health says it made the decision to rebook these appointments to protect the health and safety of staff and clients.

People who have been affected by this temporary measure are asked to call 1-833-838-2323 to rebook their appointment. Alternatively, people may walk-in to another location.

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5 a.m. – The implications of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

Most British Columbians are rolling up their sleeves and lining up to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the pursuit of a two-dose summer, but Michael is determined not to be one of them.

The 25-year-old East Vancouver man knows COVID is very real: He is afraid to get the virus, terrified of passing it on to his parents, and vigilant about wearing a mask and face shield whenever he’s out in public.

But when he became eligible for the vaccine, he said thanks, but no thanks.

“I don’t know what’s in the vaccine,” Michael told Postmedia. “I want to live a natural life. If I get sick, I get sick. Is your body going to be dependent on these shots all the time?”

Michael, who did not want his full name published for fear of a backlash, is worried about the long-term side effects of the vaccines, as well as the speed at which they were developed. He’s read things, too — about how people “get magnetic” and that the virus came from a lab leak — and doesn’t know what to believe.

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Everyone in his family is vaccinated, and they have been pressuring him to get the jab. There’s also societal pressure. Once he tells people he’s not vaccinated, he says, “They look at me different.”

As of Friday, B.C. has vaccinated 76.2 per cent of its eligible population — putting it on track for the next phase of the province’s reopening plan on July 1.

But about five to 10 per cent of adult Canadians have told pollsters they do not plan to get vaccinated. A recent survey by Leger for Postmedia found 10 per cent of British Columbians are not vaccinated, with five per cent on the fence, and five per cent saying they won’t get the vaccine.

The top reason why someone hasn’t been vaccinated? Concerns about side effects (72 per cent). Other reasons include not believing the vaccines work (39 per cent); not worried about contracting COVID-19 (22 per cent); and hoping B.C. reaches herd immunity and they won’t have to take it (21 per cent). Only six per cent said they do not believe COVID-19 is real.

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12 a.m. – 72 new cases, two deaths as some clinics moved due to heat wave

On Friday, B.C. reported 72 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of active cases to 1,096. Of these, 108 are in hospital, with 37 patients in intensive care.

There were two new deaths, bringing the provincial death total to 1,749.

Meanwhile, on the vaccination front, B.C. is slowly inching its way to an 80 per cent vaccination rate.

About 77 per cent of all adults in B.C. and 76 per cent of those 12 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Many pop-up clinics have been moved to cooler, indoor locations due to extreme hot temperatures forecast for this weekend throughout the province.


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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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24Jun

COVID-19: B.C. records 75 new cases and three deaths

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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will give the latest figures on newly confirmed cases, deaths, recoveries and more.

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B.C. recorded 75 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the sixth straight day new cases stayed below 100.

Health officials say there are now 1,111 active cases in the province.

Out of the new cases, 17 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 44 in Fraser Health, 12 in Interior Health, and one each in Island Health and Northern Health.

A total of 113 people are in hospital, with 34 of those patients in intensive care.

There were also three new deaths from COVID-19, bring the provincial death toll to 1,747 out of 147,346 total cases since the pandemic began.

Health officials also provided an update on the ongoing vaccination efforts.

As of Thursday, 77.5 per cent of British Columbian adults and 76 per cent of those 12 and older have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The second-dose vaccination rate is also on the rise, with nearly 26 per cent of all adults, and 24.2 per cent of those 12 and older, receiving their second shot.

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More than 4.6 million doses of vaccines have been administered in B.C., about 24 per cent of which are second doses.

Health officials encouraged British Columbians to get fully immunized as soon as they are eligible.

“Getting vaccinated is your ticket to travel and safe social connections,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix and B.C. chief provincial officer Dr. Bonnie Henry in a joint statement. “It is also our shared path to putting COVID-19 behind us as soon as possible.”

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23Jun

COVID-19 update for June 23: Henry stays course on vaccine for children | 56 new cases, no deaths

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B.C.’s policy to vaccinate children against COVID-19 is the right thing to do, despite no direction from the World Health Organization, says provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.Henry said Canada and other countries were immunizing children from 12 to 18 with Pfizer, the only WHO-approved vaccine for use in that age group. However, the WHO hadn’t made general recommendations on vaccinating kids against COVID-19, saying more evidence was needed.

“That’s the decisions we’ve made in Canada and in many other countries,” Henry said. “We know that there has been studies done looking at safety and efficacy in children down to age 12, and there are additional studies being done in children down to six months of age.”

As of Tuesday, 67,775 children between 12 and 18 had received one dose of Pfizer — about 1.5 per cent of all British Columbians who have received at least one dose.

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12 a.m. – More than one million British Columbians now fully vaccinated

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 56 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and no deaths.

She said there are now 1,001,192 people who have received the required two doses for full vaccination – or 22 per cent of adults. There have been 4,511,923 doses of the three approved vaccines administered.

Henry said there are more doses of Moderna being administered as Pfizer supplies have dried up. People who have had a Pfizer as first dose are likely to get a second dose of Moderna. Both are mRNA vaccines.

There are 1,039 active cases of COVID-19 in the community, plus 111 being treated in hospital including 41 in intensive care.

Henry said there are three active outbreaks in health-care facilities. So far, 1,743 people have died of COVID-19 in B.C.

21Jun

COVID-19: 45 new cases overnight, close to one million British Columbians now fully vaccinated

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935,401 British Columbians have now received a second dose

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More than 77 per cent of B.C.’s adult population, and almost 76 per cent of people over the age of 12, have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

According to a joint statement issued by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix, 935,401 British Columbians have now received a second dose.

Henry and Dix say drop-in clinics for initial doses are open at a number of locations around the province, and everyone should get vaccinated.

They’re also encouraging youth to get immunized as the school year comes to an end.

Over the past three days, B.C. recorded 229 new COVID-19 cases, including 94 new cases from Friday to Saturday, 90 new cases from Saturday to Sunday and 45 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Of the new cases, 51 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 99 are in the Fraser Health region, five are in the Island Health region, 60 are in the Interior Health region and 13 are in the Northern Health region.

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B.C. recorded three more deaths, bringing the total of people who have died in the province due to COVID-19 to 1,743.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in B.C. now stands at 1,204. There are 108 people hospitalized, including 48 in the ICU.

There is one new health-care facility outbreak, at Eagle Ridge Hospital.

Canada is likely to hit major vaccine milestones in the next month with as much as 80 per cent of the country fully covered, but the country will still have to be ready for flare-ups and outbreaks, according to Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer.

Vaccine shipments set to arrive in July will be enough to cover 80 per cent of Canadians with two doses, but in most countries around the world, especially developing ones, vaccine coverage won’t be anywhere near that high. And until vaccine coverage is high across the world, new variants could continue to emerge and strain public health resources.

Tam said Canada will have to be vigilant even after vaccinations reach a high point.

“The bottom line is the public health capacity must be maintained in terms of our testing, sequencing, contact tracing and then isolation capacities,” she said.


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19Jun

COVID-19 update for June 19-20: Travel troubles the latest woe for AstraZeneca vaccine | B.C.’s premier gets second AZ shot | 109 new cases, one death

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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 June 19-20, 2021.

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 June 18:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 146,902 (1,389 active cases)
• New cases since June 18: 109
• Total deaths: 1,740 (1 new death)
• Hospitalized cases: 128
• Intensive care: 48
• Total vaccinations: 4,296,151 doses administered; 823,371 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 143,748
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 3

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B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

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 are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021

COVID-19: Have you been exposed? Here are all B.C. public health alerts

COVID-19 at B.C. schools: Here are the school district exposure alerts

COVID-19: Avoid these hand sanitizers that are recalled in Canada

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.

5 a.m. – Travel troubles the latest woe for AstraZeneca vaccine

Blame Bruce Springsteen for beleaguered AstraZeneca’s latest woes.

The rocker’s recent concert announcement, which excludes people who haven’t been vaccinated by one of three vaccines, has some British Columbians wondering if they made the right choice.

The AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been linked to rare blood clotting, has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Those who received two doses of AstraZeneca won’t be able to attend Springsteen’s live Broadway show in New York, which is only open to fans who can show proof of being vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine.

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Setting aside the fact that it’s almost impossible for someone in B.C. to travel to New York right now, the news is worrying many who followed advice from local health officials and took the first vaccine they were offered.

Michael Slavitch said he made two separate appointments for his second dose, but now plans to cancel his AstraZeneca shot and take an mRNA one instead.

Slavitch said he’s particularly concerned about whether his AstraZeneca vaccine, or mixing and matching, will be accepted by other countries as international travel opens up.

“I’m confused about what to do,” he said. “Our government is responsible for cleaning up this mess.”

-Glenda Luymes

5 a.m. – Where can you go in the U.S. if you got the AstraZeneca shot? Not everywhere

Canadians who have been dosed with the AstraZeneca shot may not be allowed into some events in the U.S. until the Food and Drug Administration gives the vaccine the green light.

Rocker Bruce Springsteen is reopening his live Broadway show in New York next week, but fans who want to attend need to show proof that they have been inoculated with vaccines approved by the FDA, such as Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.

Those who received AstraZeneca, yet to be approved for use in the U.S., would not be allowed into the event, setting what may be a disappointing precedent for Canadians looking to attend events across the border.

Live tapings of popular TV shows such as Saturday Night Live and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert have also excluded AstraZeneca vaccine recipients, in rules published online, with the explanation that they’re acting as per “the direction of New York State.”

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Other Broadway shows looking to return in September have also indicated that they will follow COVID-19 protocols established at the time of the performance, but have not yet specified vaccination policies for audience members.

More than 1.7 million Canadians have received the AstraZeneca jab, the London Daily Telegraph reported.

The issue may still be up for discussion, Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones told the Toronto Sun, with an assurance that Ontarians who received a double dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be treated the same as recipients of other vaccines.

“We will make sure that individuals in Ontario and Canada who received a Health Canada-NACI approved AstraZeneca will have the same rights as individuals who received other vaccines,” she said.

– Devika Desai

5 a.m. – An update on B.C.’s reopening plans

In B.C., seated gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed at banquet halls, movie theatres and theatre performances.

High-intensity fitness classes are allowed and bars can serve liquor until midnight.

Indoor faith gatherings are allowed with a maximum of 50 people or up to 10 per cent of a building’s capacity.

Recreational travel within B.C. is allowed, but the province is asking those planning to visit from other provinces to delay those
plans until more people have had their vaccines.

The province is testing every positive COVID-19 case for variants of concern and testing, tracking and tracing for each case remains a priority.

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Rules for masks and physical distancing remain in place.

-The Canadian Press

12 a.m. – One additional death and 109 new cases of COVID-19

The province recorded 109 new cases Friday and one more death bringing the total number of deaths to 1,740 in British Columbia since the beginning of the pandemic.

B.C. has now vaccinated 76.7 per cent of all adults in the province and 75.1 per cent of those 12 and older have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

12 a.m.  – B.C. premier gets second AstraZeneca shot

B.C. premier John Horgan says he’s received a second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Horgan shared a photo of himself to social media on Friday afternoon holding a completed vaccination card.

In the post on Twitter, he says the best vaccine is the first vaccine offered.

It comes a day after provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there is no wrong choice for a second COVID-19 vaccine dose despite recommendations from a federal panel that people who received AstraZeneca first should choose Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna for a second shot.

— Canadian Press


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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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18Jun

COVID-19: B.C. records 109 new COVID-19 cases, one new death

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Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry say 76.7 per cent of eligible adults have received a vaccine.

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VICTORIA — More than 75 per cent of eligible adults in British Columbia have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as the province reported 109 new cases of the virus.

The province also reported 1,389 active cases of COVID-19 on Friday, along with one additional death.

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry say 76.7 per cent of eligible adults have received a vaccine, and the province has administered 4.29 million doses.

Of those, 823,371 are second doses.

Dix and Henry say 128 individuals were hospitalized on Friday for treatment of COVID-19, 48 of whom were in intensive care.


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COVID-19 update for June 18: mRNA vaccine now preferred as second dose after initial AstraZeneca shot: NACI | Farmers push for border re-opening | 120 new cases, one death

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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 June 18, 2021.

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 June 17:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 146,794 (1,451 active cases)
• New cases since June 16: 120
• Total deaths: 1,739 (1 new death)
• Hospitalized cases: 131
• Intensive care: 44
• Total vaccinations: 4,231,871 doses administered; 768,008 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 143,579
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 3

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3 p.m. – Health officials are set to share latest figures on COVID-19 in B.C.

Health officials are expected to update the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province.

5 a.m. – From first ministers to farmers, many pushing for Canada-U.S. border reopening plan

The manager of an American dairy with three locations near the Canada-U.S. border wants politicians to lay out a plan for reopening.

“Cows keep producing whether the border is open or not,” said Mitch Moorlag, general manager of Edaleen Dairy. “We need to know when demand (from Canadian customers) will come back so we can be ready.”

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Moorlag, whose business is partly built on the concept of the cross-border milk run, isn’t the only one calling on Canada’s federal government to give some indication of when and how COVID-19-related restrictions will ease.

The B.C. Premier’s Office confirmed the topic came up at a First Ministers’ meeting between the provincial premiers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday.

The feds have been deciding on a monthly basis whether to renew the restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border, with the current order due to expire Monday. While there isn’t consensus between the premiers on when the border should reopen to non-essential travel, many are pressing Ottawa to share its plan.

“There was unanimity among the provinces when we closed the border, but since then there has been a back-and-forth across Canada — north and south, east and west — on what is the best way forward,” B.C. Premier John Horgan said earlier this week.

Horgan raised the topic at Thursday’s meeting, sharing British Columbian’s views on the need for a safe reopening and more information on how it will proceed, including an early signal to the cruise ship industry.

The federal government has hinted that the reopening might not begin Monday, but the new order could outline a plan for a gradual reopening starting in July.

-Glenda Luymes

12 a.m. – One more death, 120 new cases and more supplies of Moderna expected next week

B.C. has vaccinated 76.5 per cent of all adults, according to health officials.

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The province has administered 4,231,871 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including 768,008 second doses, and 74.8 per cent of everyone 12 years of age and older have now received their first dose of vaccine.

The province recorded 120 new cases on Thursday and one additional death of a person in their 80s, who died at the outbreak at Richmond Hospital.

There are three long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities affected.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry noted that there will be “upcoming challenges” with the delivery of doses of Pfizer vaccine in early July, and supply will be reduced.

But B.C. will be receiving more Moderna shipments next week.

Following the NACI recommendation, Henry also assured the public that mixing and matching of the vaccines is safe and effective.

12 a.m. – mRNA vaccine now preferred as second dose after initial AstraZeneca shot: NACI 

Canada’s federal expert advisory panel on vaccines is now recommending people who got the AstraZeneca vaccine for their first shot should get an mRNA vaccine for the second shot.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization said Pfizer or Moderna are “preferred” as the second dose based on growing evidence that a second mRNA shot produces a better immune response as well as to mitigate potential risk of blood clots that has been associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The committee also recommended those who receive a first dose of an mRNA vaccine should be offered the same product for their second dose. If that product is not available, another mRNA vaccine can be used to complete the two-dose series.

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-David Carrigg


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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