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 April 2, 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 April 1:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 100,880 (7,405 active)
• New cases since March 31: 832
• Total deaths: 1,463 (five new)
• Hospitalized cases: 296
• Intensive care: 79
• Total vaccinations: 787,649 people have received one of the three approved vaccines, including 87,394 who have received a second dose.
• Cases under public health monitoring: 11,468
• Recovered: 91,066
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 12

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B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

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B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 IN B.C.

6 p.m. – New outbreak at Chartwell Langley Gardens

Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Chartwell Langley Gardens after five staff members tested positive.

Chartwell is a privately owned independent living, assisted living, and long-term care site in Langley.

The staff are in self-isolation at their homes.

5 a.m. – Easter weekend warning as vaccine rollout advances in B.C.

B.C. public health officials warned residents to follow COVID-19 restrictions during the Easter weekend as the province’s vaccination plan slowly rolls out.

More than 710,000 British Columbians have received a first dose of one of three vaccines, just over 16 per cent of the 4.3 million residents over 16 years of age eligible for a vaccine.

That’s running ahead of an anticipated 10 per cent of eligible British Columbians that were expected to be vaccinated by the end of March.

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The first to get vaccines have been front-line health-care workers, staff and residents in long-term care and those in older age groups, 80 and over.

Provincial health officials forecast that all those who are eligible for a vaccine will have been offered one by the end of June or early July.

Still, COVID-19 case numbers have been reaching daily highs recently, and coronavirus variants of concern — virus mutations that can spread more easily and can cause worse ilness — are on the rise.

The rise in cases and concern about increased hospitalizations caused the B.C. government on Monday to announce a series of renewed restrictions to act as a “circuit breaker,” which included shutting down dining inside restaurants and pubs until at least April 19. Patios may remain open.

An earlier order prohibiting gatherings indoors with anyone outside your household remains in place.

5 a.m. – New visiting rules at care homes reconnects family and friends

On Thursday, relaxed rules for visiting long-term care and assisted living came into effect in B.C.

The new rules remove the requirement for a single designated social visitor and allow for additional family and friends to visit.

Now up to two visitors plus a child can visit at a time. They can also visit in a resident’s rooms without staff present.

Physical touching is also allowed between visitors and residents so long as “appropriate infection and control measures” are in place such as masks and hand hygiene.

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Residents are now able to eat meals together and do recreational activities on a facility unit or floor. Residents can go on outings and aren’t required to isolate on their return.

The new rules remain in place until June 30.

12 a.m. – 832 new cases in B.C., five additional deaths

B.C. reported 832 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total to 100,880 people diagnosed.

There were five additional deaths, nudging the death toll up to 1,463.

12 a.m. – B.C. residents 72+ can book vaccinations today 

British Columbians aged 72 (born in 1949) are now able book a COVID-19 appointment starting 12 p.m. today.

Provincial health officials have been able to expedite B.C.’s vaccine rollout because of a decision to extend second doses to four months from three to four weeks and expected increased vaccine deliveries from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.


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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