COVID-19 in B.C.: Fewer than 100 new cases per day; one new healthcare outbreak; first dose drop-ins; and more

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      Although B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry had previously said that case numbers can be anticipated to increase as the province continues along on its reopening plan, those increases haven’t appeared yet.

      Over this past weekend, B.C. recorded fewer than 100 new cases each day.

      However, risks still remain present—as a number of deaths and a new healthcare outbreak show.

      In B.C.’s immunization program, all five regional health authorities have been making efforts to ensure all British Columbians have received their first vaccination dose by permitting drop-ins, launching more mobile clinics, and other measures to provide easier access.

      Vancouver Coastal Health announced today that it is expanding vaccination appointment capacities at its clinics and is encouraging anyone who hasn’t received their first dose yet to drop in or book a same-day appointment.

      Anyone without personal health numbers or are not B.C. residents are also welcome.

      VCH’s drop-in clinics (for first doses) include:

      • Vancouver Community College (1199 East 7th Avenue) in Vancouver;
      • ICBC Claim Centre (255 Lloyd Avenue) in North Vancouver;
      • Seniors Centre at the Minoru Centre for Active Living (7191 Granville Avenue) in Richmond;
      • Whistler Conference Centre (4010 Whistler Way) in Whistler.

      B.C. update: June 18 to 21

      B.C. is reporting 229 new COVID-19 cases from the past three time periods, according to a joint statement from B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

      By date, the total includes:

      • 94 new cases from June 18 to 19;
      • 90 new cases from June 19 to 20;
      • 45 new cases from June 20 to 21.

      By region, the total includes:

      • 99 in Fraser Health;
      • 60 in Interior Health;
      • 51 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
      • 13 in Northern Health;
      • five in Island Health;
      • no one from outside of Canada.

      Currently, there are 1,204 active cases, which is a decrease of 185 cases Since June 18.

      Also on the decline, there are 20 fewer cases in hospitals today—108 individuals are in hospitals, and 48 of those patients are in intensive care units (same number as June 18).

      Sadly, there are three new COVID-19-related deaths, which brings the cumulative provincial total fatalities to 1,743 people who have died.

      With 405 recoveries over the past three time periods, a cumulative total of 144,153 people have now recovered.

      B.C. has recorded a cumulative total of 147,131 cases during the pandemic.

      In B.C.’s immunization program, 77.3 percent of all adults and 75.8 percent of those 12 and older have now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

      A total of 4,436,432 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered in B.C., and 935,401 of those are second doses.

      B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix
      Province of British Columbia

      Outbreaks and exposures

      Fraser Health announced today that there is a new healthcare facility outbreak at Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody, where nine patients have tested positive.

      Meanwhile, none of the five regional health authorities declared any new community outbreaks or public exposure events, and didn’t list any new businesses closed due to COVID-19.

      Sobeys listed Safeway at 1200 Baker Street in Cranbrook as having an employee who tested positive and last worked at the location on June 12.

      Loblaw added Shoppers Drug Mart at 22196 50th Avenue in Langley as having one staff member who last worked on June 17 as testing positive.

      The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) added the following flights to its public exposure lists:

      • June 7: Air Canada 344, Vancouver to Ottawa;
      • June 11: Air Canada997, Mexico City to Vancouver;
      • June 14: Air Canada104, Vancouver to Toronto;
      • June 16: All Nippon Airways 116, Tokyo to Vancouver;
      • June 17: Lufthansa 492, Frankfurt to Vancouver.