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 13, 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 12:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 112,829 (9,937 active cases)
• New cases since April 9: 3,289
• Total deaths: 1,513 (18 new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 368
• Intensive care: 121
• Total vaccinations: 1,112,101 doses administered
• Cases under public health monitoring: 15,900
• Recovered: 101,216
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 13

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LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 IN B.C.

3 p.m. – Health officials set to provide an update on the COVID-19 situation in B.C.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix are expected to provide a written statement updating the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the province.

10:30 a.m. – Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair cancelled

The 2021 Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair has been cancelled by the event’s organizers in order to help get more people vaccinated faster.

Fraser Health is providing COVID-19 ‘mass vaccinations’ at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre, located at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds now through the end of the year.

“We support everyone that is getting vaccinated,” said Shannon Claypool, president of the Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association.

Claypool said the decision to forfeit space for vaccination will result in a loss of income but until “this health emergency has been corralled up, everyone needs to do everything they can for the sake of our community.”

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The Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair will resume May 20 to 23, 2022. The Rodeo’s 75th Anniversary celebration is being postponed to next year.

10 a.m. – Outbreak over at Chilliwack General Hospital, new outbreak at Dufferin Care Centre in Coquitlam

Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak over at Chilliwack General Hospital but a new outbreak at Dufferin Care Centre in Coquitlam.

One resident at the long term care home has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Dufferin Care Centre is a long-term care facility that is owned and operated by Retirement Concepts. The resident is in self-isolation at their home in long-term care.

10 a.m. – Group that tracks COVID-19 in B.C. schools reports 86 new exposures

A group that tracks COVID-19 in B.C. schools reported 86 new exposure events on Monday night.

The B.C. School Covid Tracker says that’s a new daily record.

The group says there have been 4,848 school exposure events since the pandemic broke out affecting 1,145 schools. Of those, 743 schools have had multiple exposure events.

The number of schools the group has tracked with variants of concern is 75. The group also says 59 per cent of B.C. schools have now had exposure events.

7 a.m. – Most Canadians plan to get COVID 19 vaccine, but safety fears drive hesitancy: poll

More Canadians than ever say they intend to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a new poll suggests while fear about vaccine safety is the main driver of hesitancy to get an injection.

All this comes as confidence in governments is plummeting in provinces being hit hardest by the third wave of the pandemic.

At least eight in 10 people surveyed last weekend by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies said they absolutely intend to roll up their sleeve for a vaccine.

The number has been steadily rising for months as vaccines have been rolling out in Canada and around the world, starting at 63 per cent in mid-October, rising to 70 per cent in early February, and 73 per cent in early March.

The online poll of 1,504 adult Canadians was conducted between April 9-11. It cannot be assigned a margin of error because
internet-based polls are not considered random samples.

Christian Bourque, the executive vice-president at Leger, said as more people get vaccinated safely, confidence continues to grow.

“We’ve heard of course about a couple of instances that may be tied to AstraZeneca but other than that, I mean, nobody’s growing a third arm,” he said. “So I guess people are kind of warming up to the idea that this is potentially the best way to go, is to get vaccinated.’”

-The Canadian Press

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5 a.m. – More than 100 passengers arriving at YVR refuse government’s ‘mandatory’ hotel quarantine

More than 100 passengers arriving at Vancouver International Airport have refused to quarantine at a government-authorized hotel since the “mandatory” three-day quarantine was introduced on Feb. 22.

This comes as the B.C. Centre for Disease Control reported 23 flights either departing or arriving at Vancouver International Airport with a COVID-sick passenger on board since the start of April.

Public Health Agency of Canada spokesperson Tammy Jarbeau said the agency was aware of 106 tickets that had been issued to travellers arriving in B.C. without having booked a GAA (government-authorized accommodation) hotel “and subsequently refusing to go to one” since Feb. 22.

Those people face up to $3,000 a day in fines, Jarbeau said. A three-night stay in a GAA costs around $2,500.

It isn’t known how many of those 106 tickets will be paid or how many may be challenged in court.

COVID-sick passengers continue to pour into B.C. and Canada.

5 a.m. – Henry pleads with B.C. residents to stay close to home as pandemic worsens

With a record number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care and the average daily case count soaring, the provincial health officer pleaded Monday with British Columbians to not leave their neighbourhoods.

“To get to the end as quickly as possible, there are things that we need to do now,” Dr. Bonnie Henry said, as she reported 18 deaths and 3,289 new cases over the past three days.

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“That includes staying home, staying in your immediate neighbourhood as much as possible. If you live in North Van, you should not be travelling to Langley or to Richmond. If you live in the Lower Mainland, you should not be travelling to the Island. If you live in Penticton, you should not be going to Sun Peaks or Oliver or Kelowna right now. We need to only do those types of travel if it is essential, and nothing more.”

Henry said that half of all new cases of COVID-19 being reported in B.C. are variants of concern – in particular the B.1.1.7 variant that is significantly more contagious than the original virus identified in China in December, 2019.

12 a.m. – B.C. reports 18 deaths and 3,289 cases over the past three days

On Monday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry eported 3,289 new cases of COVID-19 over three days and 18 deaths.

Henry said that half of all the 9,937 active cases of the disease in B.C. are variants of concern (primarily B.1.1.7) and 368 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 including 121 in intensive care.

She said B.C. was in its third wave of infection since the pandemic was declared in Mar. 2020.

The has been 1,112,101 doses of vaccine administered, including 87,744 second doses. This means 1,024,357 people have received vaccine.

Henry said people should not leave their municipality due to the province’s worsening COVID situation.

-David Carrigg

12 a.m. – Those 55 and older can now register for vaccine

Health Minister Adrian Dix has unveiled an expedited age-based vaccination registration schedule that allows all British Columbians 55 years old and older to register today for their COVID-19 shot.

The new registration schedule follows with the 50-plus crowd (born 1971 or earlier) on Wednesday, the 45-plus cohort (born 1976 or earlier) on Friday, and 40-plus cohort,(born 1981 or earlier) on Monday, April 19.

Once registered, you will then wait to be contacted by health officials to book your vaccine appointment.

British Columbians can register online at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated, by telephone through a provincial call centre at 1-833-838-2323 or in-person at the nearest Service B.C. location.

You must provide:
• First and last name;
• date of birth;
• postal code;‡
• personal health number (PHN) from the back of B.C. driver’s licences or BC services cards;
• current contact information, including an email address or phone number to receive texts.

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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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