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 March 3, 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.


As of the latest figures given on March 2

• Total number of confirmed cases: 81,367 (4,679 active)
• New cases since March 1: 438
• Total deaths: 1,365 (2 new)
• Hospitalized cases: 243
• Intensive care: 63
• Total vaccinations: 283,182 people are immunized, including 86,537 who have had a second dose.
• Cases under public health monitoring: 8,445
• Recovered: 75,255
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 15


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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.

12 a.m.  – Contagious variants detected at five Surrey schools

The Surrey school district says people at five schools in the region have tested positive for a COVID-19 variant of concern.

Surrey Schools superintendent Jordan Tinney said on Twitter that notices were sent out Monday night to students and staff at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary, A.J. McLellan Elementary, North Surrey Secondary, Frost Road Elementary and Princess Margaret Secondary after tests revealed that earlier COVID-19 exposures at the schools were variant cases.

Fraser Health has directed entire classes from the schools, along with other individuals, to stay home and self isolate. The individuals are also advised to get tested.


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The variants are more contagious than regular COVID-19 and cases are accelerating in the province.

12 a.m. – Horgan says not every community will get COVID-19 vaccination clinic

B.C. Premier John Horgan said Tuesday that not every community in the province will get a mass-vaccination clinic.

Horgan was responding to questions raised by the B.C. Liberals in the provincial legislature Tuesday over concerns from some provincial mayors that their communities will not have clinics.

Interim B.C. Liberal Leader Shirley Bond had raised concerns from Hope that it wouldn’t have its own clinic, and from Delta, that its most populous North Delta area wouldn’t have a clinic. Hope, a community of 6,200, is 50 kilometres by road northeast of Chilliwack.

The communities’ concerns are that residents would need to travel to get a vaccine, a particular concern for vulnerable and older residents, and one that has the potential to lessen participation.

“I cannot guarantee, as the member wants me to, that every community will have a vaccination centre, but I can commit that those in Phase 2, particularly the elderly and frail, will have access in their community,” Horgan responded.

12 a.m.  – State of emergency extended in B.C.

B.C. has formally extended the provincial state of emergency, which allows health and emergency management officials to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support the province’s COVID-19 pandemic response.


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The state of emergency, which was first declared March 18, 2020, has been extended through March 16, 2021.


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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