What you need to know about COVID-19 in British Columbia for March 15

What you need to know about COVID-19 in British Columbia for March 15


  • Monday, Dr Bonnie Henry has reported 1,506 new cases in the past three days and 10 new deaths.
  • A total of 1,407 people have died in British Columbia from COVID-19.
  • There is currently 4,987 active cases in the province.
  • More than 9,000 people are under active public health surveillance.
  • 81,890 people have recovered from the virus in British Columbia
  • 409,103 doses of vaccine were administered in British Columbia, 87,059 of which were seconds.
  • Outbreak declared at glass manufacturing company in Langley, British Columbia
  • A second outbreak has been declared at Vancouver General Hospital.
  • Health officials announced on Monday that the first shipment of the Astra Zeneca-Oxford vaccine will be used for workers in vulnerable sectors.
  • Starting at noon on Monday, people aged 84 or older can start calling to reserve a vaccine.

Health officials announced Monday that 1,506 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in British Columbia in the past three days.

The latest figures, the first since Friday, include 269 people in hospital and 76 patients in intensive care. Currently, there are 4,987 active cases of COVID-19 across the province.

To date, 1,407 people in British Columbia have lost their lives to COVID-19 and 81,890 people have recovered. There are now 4,652 active cases of the novel coronavirus in British Columbia

Dr Bonnie Henry said on Monday that 163 cases have now been identified as being linked to variants of concern for a total of 880 cases, of which 195 are still active.

Since the province’s vaccination program began at the end of 2020, 409,103 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 87,059 seconds.

10 or less outdoors

Health officials on Thursday eased restrictions for the first time in four months to allow outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, but asked people to stay in the same group.

Although the daily number of cases in the province has exceeded 500 in recent weeks, Henry said the riskiest environments are indoors and the risk of spreading outdoors is minimal.

Henry stressed that the province’s restrictions on indoor gatherings will remain in place for now. Only people from the same household should meet indoors, including in restaurants.

A group of people danced in the streets after the BC provincial health officer authorized gatherings of 10 people outside 0:39

Reservation of vaccines

On Monday, Henry announced that since the province’s vaccination program began in late 2020, 409,103 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, 87,509 of which are seconds.

On Sunday, Dix told CBC News that despite initial problems with telephone reservation systems for COVID-19 vaccines, the province is now ahead of schedule when it comes to making appointments for those who are. currently eligible.

Dix promised that an online system would soon be available across the province.

“We are building an online platform for everyone in British Columbia,” he said. “It’s going to be set up for the 75 to 79 class, so it will be in about a week. ”

Seniors are pictured clinging to family members as they enter a COVID-19 vaccination center in Surrey, British Columbia on Monday, March 8, 2021. (Ben Nelms / CBC)

Dix says British Columbia has now vaccinated about half of people over the age of 90.

Beginning Monday at noon, people 84 and older can call to reserve their vaccine, which the province says is earlier than expected.

According to the reservation schedule the province has set for that week, each day a new age group one year younger will be eligible with those born in 1938 eligible to call Tuesday, those born in 1939 eligible to call Wednesday, and so right now.

The province urged people to wait until they are eligible before calling for an appointment to avoid overloading call centers.

On Monday, provincial officials also announced that the first doses of the initial shipment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will be used to inoculate workers in vulnerable sectors, including food processing plants, farms and greenhouses, as well as industries. requiring employees to live in shared spaces, such as as work camps.

Alcohol restrictions on St. Patrick’s Day

The province will also ban the sale of alcohol in restaurants, bars and liquor stores after 8 p.m. Wednesday to limit gatherings on St. Patrick’s Day in the same way as the rules imposed for New Years Eve. .

Over the weekend, Fraser Health announced that 44 Vitrum Glass employees tested positive for COVID-19 during an outbreak at the glass manufacturing company in Langley, British Columbia.

The health authority says it has provided on-site testing and vaccinations and people identified as cases and close contacts have been instructed to self-isolate.

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has announced two potential exhibits at Bimini’s Beer Hall on West 4th Avenue and The Blarney Stone on Carrall Street in Vancouver.

Possible exhibits were on March 6 at Bimini during operating hours and March 5 at The Blarney Stone during operating hours.

The health authority says the exposures are considered low risk, but is asking anyone who was in either facility on the specified dates and times to self-monitor for symptoms.

On Monday, VCH announced that a COVID-19 outbreak closed another ward at Vancouver General Hospital.

A statement from Vancouver Coastal Health says two patients tested positive for COVID-19 in an inpatient unit in the Jim Pattison ward of the hospital.

The unit is now closed to all admissions, transfers and most visits, but other hospital facilities, including the emergency room, remain open.

School Safety in Surrey

The Surrey School District has introduced new measures for teachers, staff, students and parents to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The school district says it has had more school exposures than any other district in B.C. and has implemented new measures such as heightened vigilance during outdoor play hours so that children students do not mix between cohorts, ensuring that all students and parents drop out of school. grounds immediately after school, and the addition of three early terminations so that health and safety committees can review and adjust protocols as needed.

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What is happening elsewhere in Canada

As of 3 p.m. Pacific time on Monday, Canada had reported 911,546 cases of COVID-19, including 31,699 cases considered active.

A total of 22,485 people died.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common symptoms include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Fatigue.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Loss of taste or smell.
  • Headache.

But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia.

What should I do if I feel bad?

Use the BC Center for Disease Control’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool. The tests are recommended for anyone with symptoms of a cold or flu, even if they are mild. People with severe breathing difficulties, severe chest pain, difficulty waking up, or other extreme symptoms should call 911.

What can I do to protect myself?

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Keep them clean.
  • Stand at least two meters from people outside your bubble. Keep your distance from sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wear a mask in indoor public spaces.
  • Be aware of the evolution of travel advisories in different regions.

More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government’s website.


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