For the first time in several months, B.C.'s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix issued a B.C. update on a Saturday.
As case numbers have been on an upswing—and after seeing today’s record numbers—it’s understandable why they wanted to get an update out over this long weekend.
Once again, Henry and Dix have emphasized that no one should be traveling, unless it is essential.
Yesterday, B.C. Ferries stated that the 11 a.m. sailing from Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island, heading to Tsawwassen, was delayed. CTV News Vancouver Island reported that a passenger aboard the vessel refused to wear a mask, which violates public health orders and the B.C. Ferries policy, and also caused a disturbance.
After the ferry returned to dock, RCMP escorted the woman off the ferry and issued her several violation tickets.
In addition, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has added the following 28 domestic and international flights to their lists of public exposure events:
- March 17, Air Canada 242, Vancouver to Edmonton;
- March 20, Air Canada 212, Vancouver to Calgary;
- March 22, Air Canada 225, Calgary to Vancouver;
- March 23, Air Canada/Air New Zealand 554/4605, Vancouver to Los Angeles;
- March 25, Air Canada 305, Montreal to Vancouver;
- March 26, Air Canada 241, Edmonton to Vancouver;
- March 26, Air Canada/Jazz 8261, Vancouver to Nanaimo;
- March 26, Air Canada 212, Vancouver to Calgary;
- March 26, Harbour Air Seaplanes 611, Vancouver to Nanaimo;
- March 26, WestJet 3308, Calgary to Fort St. John;
- March 27, Air Canada 301, Montreal to Vancouver;
- March 27, Air Canada 115, Toronto to Vancouver;
- March 27, Air Canada/Jazz 8182, Fort St. John to Vancouver;
- March 27, Air Canada 306, Vancouver to Montreal;
- March 27: Air Canada 115, Toronto to Vancouver;
- March 27: WestJet 3287, Vancouver to Prince George;
- March 28: Pacific Coastal 8P863, Vancouver to Port Hardy;
- March 28: Air Canada/Jazz 8550, Vancouver to Regina;
- March 28, Air Canada 212, Vancouver to Calgary;
- March 28, Air Canada 301, Montreal to Vancouver;
- March 28, WestJet 709, Toronto to Vancouver;
- March 28, Air Canada 306, Vancouver to Montreal;
- March 29, Air Canada 103, Toronto to Vancouver;
- March 29, Air Canada 301, Montreal to Vancouver;
- March 29: Air Canada 233, Edmonton to Vancouver;
- March 30: Air Canada 7, Vancouver to Hong Kong;
- March 30: Air Canada 103, Toronto to Vancouver;
- March 30: Air Canada /Jazz 8543, Regina to Vancouver.
Affected row information (if available) is listed at the BCCDC website.
A restaurant intent on defying provincial health orders to suspend indoor dining has been ordered to close, according to news reports.
The owner Gusto: A Taste of Italy, located at 1610 Salt Street in the Olympic Village, announced he would remain open. However, Vancouver Coastal Health ordered the establishment to close and the owner could face a fine of $2,300 and may lose his business license.
B.C. update: April 2 to 3
It’s not good news.
Henry and Dix reported that over the past two days, B.C. has had a total of 2,090 new cases.
- 1,018 new cases from April 1 to 2;
- 1,072 new cases from April 2 to 3, which is a new record high during the pandemic, surpassing the previous record of 1,013 new cases on March 31.
That’s the third time in one week that B.C. has set a new record.
The two-day total includes, by region:
- 1,052 new cases in Fraser Health;
- 709 Vancouver Coastal Health;
- 149 in Interior Health;
- 147 in Island Health;
- 33 in Northern Health;
- no one from outside of Canada.
Hospitalizations numbers aren’t available but there are 90 patients in intensive care units, which is 11 more patients since April 1.
Other data unavailable include active cases, recoveries, and the number of people public health is monitoring for exposures to identified cases.
Henry and Dix also did not state whether or not there were any deaths.
B.C. has recorded a total of 102,970 cases during the pandemic.
Variants and vaccinations
Unfortunately, Henry and Dix stated that new variant data isn’t available this weekend.
So far, 856,801 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca-SII vaccines have been administered in B.C., and 87,455 of those are second doses.
Henry and Dix said that AstraZeneca vaccinations (for those from 55 to 65 years old) will be available in more communities across B.C. by the end of next week, including Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Parksville, Prince George, Quesnel, Terrace, Vernon, and Victoria.
Outbreaks and exposures
Fraser Health announced on April 1 that there is an outbreak at Chartwell Langley Gardens in Langley, where five staff members have tested positive.
Northern Health also announced on April 1 that an outbreak was declared at the Patient Care Unit at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital, where three patients tested positive.
Meanwhile, Vancouver Coastal Health lifted restrictions, originally imposed on February 21, at Unit T8B at Vancouver General Hospital today.
Fraser Health also listed an exposure event at B&J Barbershop (212 East Columbia Street) in New Westminster from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 20.
Sobeys has added four locations to its lists of stores with staff members who have tested positive.
Three locations were Safeway stores:
- one employee who last worked on March 21 at 6564 East Hastings Street in Burnaby;
- one employee who last worked on March 24 at 1766 Robson Street in Vancouver;
- one employee who last worked on March 25 at 3664 Highway 16 in Smithers.
One location was Thrifty Foods at 280 Island Highway East in Parksville, where a staff member who tested positive last worked on March 23.
Loblaw listed five stores with staff members who tested positive.
Three stores were Real Canadian Superstore locations, including:
- three employees who last worked on March 21, 26, and 28 at 2332 160th Street in Surrey;
- one employee who last worked on March 25 at 2280 Baron Road in Kelowna;
- one employee who last worked on March 27 at 1105–4700 Kingsway in Burnaby.
The fourth store was Park Royal City Market at 845 Park Royal North in West Vancouver, where a staff member who tested positive last worked on March 28.
The fifth location was the Davie Street Your Independent Grocer at 1255 Davie Street in Vancouver, where an employee who tested positive last worked on March 31.
McDonald’s listed the 1706 Robson Street location in Vancouver as having an employee who tested positive and who last worked there on March 28.