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 Feb. 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.

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As of the latest figures given on Feb. 19
• Total number of confirmed cases: 75, 835 (4,486 active)
• New cases since Feb. 18: 508
• Total deaths: 1,327 (6 new)
• Hospitalized cases: 217
• Intensive care: 61
• Total vaccinations: 192,942 first doses of which 36,923 are second doses.
• Cases under public health monitoring: 7,699
• Recovered: 69,970
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 18


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3 p.m., Monday – 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.

2 p.m. – Canada’s top doctor urges people to maintain COVID-19 precautions

Public health officials have identified upwards of 700 cases of contagious COVID-19 variants across Canada, the nation’s top doctor said Saturday, a finding she said lends new urgency to her calls to maintain personal COVID-19 precautions.

Individual actions in conjunction with strong public health measures will be key to halting the spread of the highly infectious virus variants, Dr. Theresa Tam said.

“Strong collective action means each one of us doing our personal best by having the fewest interactions with the fewest people, for the shortest time, at the greatest distance possible, while wearing the best-fitting face-mask,” Tam tweeted Saturday.


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Overall daily case counts continued to trend downwards, but Tam said the at least 704 cases of variants of concern could fuel a bigger third wave of the pandemic.

The vast majority of variants detected in Canada thus far are the B.1.1.7 strain that first emerged in the U.K., while there have been 39 cases of the variant first discovered in South Africa, and one of the strain that originated in Brazil.

Tam’s warning came as a suspected case of a coronavirus variant forced Quebec City officials to close an elementary school Saturday.

-The Canadian Press

5 a.m. – Italy established day to honour doctors, nurses, and other health care workers

Pope Francis and Italy’s president on Saturday marked a newly established annual day to honour doctors, nurses and other health care workers, exactly one year after the nation’s first known native case of COVID-19 emerged.

In a message to honour those caring for COVID-19 patients, Frances hailed the “generous involvement, at times heroic, of the profession lived as mission.”

On the evening of Feb. 20, 2020, a hospital in Codogno, northern Italy confirmed that a 38-year-old Italian man was infected with the coronavirus. The man had no links to anyone who had been in China, where the COVID-19 outbreak first erupted.

A year on, Italy has so far seen more than 95,000 known dead, the second-high coronavirus toll in Europe after Britain.

-The Canadian Press

12 a.m. – Health officials announce 508 new cases, six additional deaths


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On Friday, health officials announced another 508 people in B.C. have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 75, 835 since the start of the pandemic. Health authorities also reported six additional deaths, bringing the total number of British Columbians who have died from the virus to 1,327.

Of the new cases 116 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 286 cases were in the Fraser Health region, 22 cases were in the Island Health region, 59 were in the Interior Health region, and 25 were in the Northern Health region.

In a statement, deputy provincial health officer Dr. Reka Gustafson and Adrian Dix, B.C.’s Minister of Health, also highlighted the number of vaccines that had been administered to British Columbians to date, noting that they have helped curb outbreaks in long-term care homes.

“This is encouraging news for everyone as we look ahead to our provincewide Covid-19 immunization program,” the statement read. “This has been a difficult journey for all of us. By continuing to follow the public health orders and always using our lawyers of protection,we will get through these challenging days much more quickly.”

As of Friday, B.C. also had a total of 72 reported cases of variants of concern. Fifty-two of these cases were the U.K. variant, while 20 were the South African variant.


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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