COVID-19 in B.C.: 10 business closures and nine flights with exposures; AstraZeneca for 30 years and up; and more

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      The good news is that there aren’t any new deaths, outbreaks, or exposure events listed by the five regional health authorities.

      The vast majority of new cases remain within the Fraser Health region, although there are new cases in all regions.

      Meanwhile, the Pacific National Exhibition announced today that it will postpone the opening of Playland, which was originally preparing to open on Saturday (May 1), until the end of May.

      Health violations

      B.C. announced today that it is extending the provincial state of emergency until May 11.

      From August 21, 2020, to April 23 of this year, officers issued 1,857 violation ticket, including:

      • 328 tickets with $2,300 fines each to owners or organizers for gatherings and events;
      • 53 tickets with $2,300 fines each for for food and liquor serving premises violations;
      • 1,441 tickets with $230 fines each to individuals who not following provincial health orders;
      • 35 tickets of $575 fines each to individuals who promoted or attended events;
      • 138 violation tickets, for a total of $251,994 in fines, to individuals who broke quarantine.

      As the the West Vancouver Police Department (WVPD) have also had to deal with complaints of intoxicated people, unlawful beach fires, and general disturbances at Ambleside Beach during sunny weekends, the WVPD stated that it will be increasing foot patrols over the next four months.

      In addition, the WVPD stated that at 11 p.m. on April 18, police received an anonymous tip about a gathering at a residence in the 300 block of Southborough Drive.

      Upon arrival at the location, officers heard loud music and saw about 10 to 15 people inside the house who were drinking and dancing, and none were wearing masks.

      When the individuals inside the home noticed the police, they turned off the music, scattered, and refused to answer the door.

      An intoxicated 46-year-old woman, who was identified as a resident, began screaming and yelling at the officers. Police issued her a total of $2,630 in fines for hosting a noncompliant event and for abusive and belligerent behaviour.

      B.C. update: April 27

      B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced that there are 799 new cases in B.C. today. By region, the total includes:

      • 534 new cases in Fraser Health (67 percent);
      • 121 in Vancouver Coastal Health (15 percent);
      • 96 in Interior Health (12 percent);
      • 28 in Island Health (four percent);
      • 16 in Northern Health (two percent);
      • four people from outside of Canada.

      Currently, there are 8,089 active cases, which is a decrease of 110 people since yesterday.

      Unfortunately, hospitalized cases have increased once again. With 16 more people since yesterday, there are now 500 individuals are currently hospitalized, and 164 of those patients are in intensive care units (six more than yesterday).

      The good news is that there weren’t any new deaths announced today. During the pandemic, B.C. has recorded a cumulative total of 1,571 people who have died of COVID-19-related causes.

      The number of people being monitored by public health has dropped again. With a decrease of 548 people since yesterday, public health is now monitoring 11,792 people due to exposures to identified cases

      A cumulative total of 117,150 people have now recovered, which include 909 people since yesterday.

      Since the start of the pandemic, B.C. has recorded a cumulative total of 127,048 cases.

      Vaccinations

      Henry and Dix stated that the limited AstraZeneca supply is being used in some specific “hot spots” in B.C. where transmission rates are high, as well as the pharmacy program throughout the province.

      As of today, AstraZeneca is available for anyone 30 years and above.

      In B.C.’s immunization program, 1,671,128 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered, and 89,457 of those are second doses.

      B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, with Health Minister Adrian Dix
      Province of British Columbia

      Outbreaks and exposures

      There weren’t any new healthcare or community outbreaks, and none of the five regional health authorities listed any new public exposure events.

      McDonald’s listed its 7005 120th location in Delta as having an employee who tested positive and last worked there on April 25.

      Sobeys listed three Safeway stores as having staff members who tested positive:

      • two employees who last worked on April 20 and 23 at 1033 Austin Avenue in Coquitlam;
      • one employee who last worked on April 22 at 1766 Robson Street in Vancouver;
      • one employee who last worked on April 25 at 45610 Luckakuck Way in Chilliwack.

      T&T Supermarket listed one staff member who tested positive as last working on April 21 at the Metrotown store (147–4800 Kingsway) in Burnaby.

      The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) added the following nine flights to its lists of public exposures (affected row information is listed, when available, at the BCCDC website):

      • April 15: WestJet 3103, Calgary to Nanaimo;
      • April 18: Air Canada/Jazz 8408, Kelowna to Calgary;
      • April 19: WestJet 3041, Calgary to Cranbrook;
      • April 20: Swoop 183, Edmonton to Abbotsford;
      • April 21: WestJet 3342, Calgary to Kelowna;
      • April 23: Air Canada 45, Delhi to Vancouver;
      • April 23: Air India 185, Delhi to Vancouver;
      • April 23: KLM 681, Amsterdam to Vancouver;
      • April 23: WestJet 3109, Calgary to Nanaimo.

      Workplace closures

      Interior, Northern, Island, and Vancouver Coastal Health did not list any new businesses closures.

      Fraser Health listed the following 10 businesses that were closed due to COVID-19 cases and transmission:

      April 24:

      • Triple O's Maple Ridge (22284 Lougheed Highway) in Maple Ridge—partial closure (restaurant only);
      • TTF Education Inc. First Aid (46098 Old Yale Road) in Chilliwack;
      • Canadian Form Rentals (24611 Fraser Hwy) in Langley;
      • CIMtech Mfg Inc. (8–17942 55 Avenue) in Surrey—partial closure (office only);
      • Galaxy IDP Construction Limited (13748 93A Avenue) in Surrey.

      April 25:

      • Correctional and Learning Development (103–30585 B Progressive Way) in Abbotsford;
      • It's About Time and Jewelry (20235 Fraser Highway) in Langley.

      April 26:

      • Gurdwara Sahib Brookside (8365 140th Street) in Surrey;
      • Club 16 Trevor Linden Fitness—Langley (20175 Langley Bypass) in Langley;
      • Odyssey International Export (Building D, 109 Braid Street) in New Westminster.

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