Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for April 5, 2021.
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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS
As of the latest figures given on April 3 (some data not available, as noted below):
• Total number of confirmed cases: 102,970 (7,405 active; no update Saturday)
• New cases since April 1: 2,090 (1,018 Friday, 1,072 Saturday)
• Total deaths: 1,463 (five new; no update Saturday)
• Hospitalized cases: 296 (no update Saturday)
• Intensive care: 90
• Total vaccinations: 856,801 (87,455 second doses)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 11,468 (no update Saturday)
• Recovered: 91,066 (no update Saturday)
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 14
B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS
• COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus
LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 IN B.C.
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.
Just weeks after a deadly COVID-19 outbreak ended at a northwestern British Columbia care home, health officials report a new outbreak at the same facility.
Northern Health says two residents at Acropolis Manor in Prince Rupert have tested positive for the virus.
In a statement issued Sunday, the agency says the two residents live in the facility’s west pod and proactive testing is underway to identify if any other residents, staff or families have been infected.
Sixteen residents died during a COVID-19 outbreak that began at Acropolis Manor in mid-January and was declared over on March 16.
Some of the highest rates of the virus in B.C. prompted health officials to hold mass vaccination clinics in Prince Rupert and Port Edward last month, immunizing about 85 per cent of area adults.
Recent data from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control shows infection rates dipped following those clinics and several others in north coast cities, but cases of COVID-19 remain stubbornly high through the region.
— Canadian Press
OTTAWA — More than two million doses of vaccines are set to arrive in Canada this week as the country scrambles to contain the wildfire spread of more contagious variants of the COVID-19 virus.
That includes the first batch of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines — 316,800 doses — to be sent to Canada from the global vaccine-sharing initiative known as the COVAX Facility.
In addition to the COVAX supply, Canada is to receive 1,019,070 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 855,600 doses of the Moderna vaccine over the next seven days.
That’s almost 2.2 million doses in total, following a peak of more than three million doses last week.
— Canadian Press
The P.1 COVID-19 variant, known as the Brazil variant, is on the rise in B.C., hitting towns like Whistler hard and even sidelining members of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team.
Health officials on Thursday released the latest tally of COVID-19 cases in the province and put the number of Brazil variant cases at 379, the largest count for any jurisdiction outside of the country where it originated.
It is followed by Ontario with 96 cases and Alberta with six, though the latter province’s chief medical officer said on Saturday that health officials there were investigating a “significant” spread of the Brazil variant linked to a traveller.
Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, has said there have been clusters in the Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health and Interior Health regions.
Sarah Otto, a professor at the University of B.C.’s Department of Zoology, called on the province Sunday to release information about numbers as well as specific locations, so people in those communities can practice heightened caution.
“Let’s keep P.1 from spreading,” Otto said.
— Matt Robinson
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.
– With files from The Canadian Press