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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0026-000745
April 20, 2021
Ministry of Health
Office of the Chief Provincial Health Officer
Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

VICTORIA – Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia:

“Today, we are reporting 849 new cases, for a total of 120,889 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 9,145 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 13,679 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 109,973 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Of the active cases, 456 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 148 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Since we last reported, we have had 247 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 474 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 29 in the Island Health region, 67 in the Interior Health region, 31 in the Northern Health region and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.

“There are currently 6,179 cases of COVID-19 that are confirmed variants of concern in our province. Of the total cases, 163 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 4,041 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 76 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 2,062 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.

“There has been one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 1,539 deaths in British Columbia. Our condolences are with the family, friends, caregivers and communities of all the people who have passed away due to COVID-19.

“There are two new outbreaks at Dawson Creek and District Hospital and Surrey Memorial Hospital. The outbreak at the Long Lake Chateau is now over.

“In B.C., 1,414,644 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, 88,263 of which are second doses.

“People 35 years and older are now eligible to register for a vaccine in our age-based program on the Get Vaccinated website. In addition to our age-based and worker programs, people aged 40 and up are also now eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at their local pharmacy or through special clinics in 13 high-risk communities.

“At the current rates of transmission, our health-care workers and hospitals are getting pushed to the limits to support the many people with COVID-19 who require care.

“We are taking steps to reduce this pressure and we need everyone in B.C. to do the same. Later this week, new orders will be in place to restrict vacation and recreational travel outside of your home health authority.

“We also need everyone else to do their part – staying local, in our communities and health regions, and waiting until it is safe to travel once again.

“We will get through this pandemic. As we have done before, we will do this by working together. Let’s do all we can now so we can enjoy a different summer.”

Learn More:

For the April 19, 2021, PowerPoint presentation, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/19.04.21_ProtectingPeopleDeck_COVID-19.pdf

For the April 15, 2021, modelling presentation, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/modelling-projections

To share your perspectives and feedback on the SPEAK survey, go to: www.bccdc.ca/covid19survey

Provincial health officer's orders and guidance:

Orders: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

Guidance on restrictions: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions

The latest vaccine information:

For vaccine information, visit the BCCDC dashboard: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data Or: www.bccdc.ca

The latest updates, guidance and information on COVID-19, and where to get tested:

The latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

For data regarding ongoing outbreaks in long-term care, assisted-living and independent-living facilities in B.C., visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data#outbreak

Mental health support:

Mental health and anxiety support: www.bouncebackbc.ca 
Or: www.anxietycanada.com
Or: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/mental-well-being-during-covid-19
Or: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/virtual-supports-covid-19

Non-health related information:

Financial, child care and education support, travel, transportation and essential service information: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.

COVID-19 exposure events, updates and information by health authority:

BCCDC (flights, work sites, etc): http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures
Fraser Health: fraserhealth.ca/covid19exposure
Interior Health: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/public-exposures/
Island Health: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/outbreaks-and-exposures
Northern Health: https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/outbreaks-and-exposures
Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/public-exposures

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGovNews
YouTube: www.youtube.com/ProvinceofBC

Two backgrounders follow.

 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 1
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0026-000745
April 20, 2021
Ministry of Health
Office of the Chief Provincial Health Officer
Immunization eligibility

Age-based program

Anyone 35 years or older may now register through the Get Vaccinated online system.

Appointments are now being made for people 63 and older, Indigenous people 18 and older, as well and people who have received a letter indicating they are clinically vulnerable.

First responder and worker program

Health authorities are contacting workplaces to arrange for workers to be vaccinated. This program is continuing to be phased in, focusing on communities that are highest risk.

In addition to the age-based and worker programs, vaccinations are expanding for people aged 40 and up who are now also eligible to receive their AstraZeneca vaccine at their local pharmacy. This is being done after a careful review of the evidence that initially led to a pause in the expanded AstraZeneca vaccine program for younger workers.

In addition, specific AstraZeneca vaccine clinics will be established in the 13 communities with the highest identified in-community transmission. People 40 and older who reside in those communities will be able to get vaccinated there. For a complete list of the 13 communities, as well as information to assist in determining if you reside in one of these communities, go to: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/neighbourhood

AstraZeneca pharmacy program

Anyone 40 and older can book their appointments today.

Anyone 40 and older in the following community health service areas can also be vaccinated at several specific clinics that are being set up. The service areas include:

  • Dawson Creek
  • East Newton
  • Fleetwood
  • Kensington
  • North Delta
  • North Surrey
  • Panorama
  • Port Coquitlam
  • South Langley Township
  • Squamish
  • Whalley
  • West Abbotsford
  • West Newton

People living in these communities must register for their vaccine appointments using the Province’s Get Vaccinated registration and booking tool and will be invited to book an appointment on the same day they register. The fastest way to register and book is online at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register

People can confirm whether they live in a high-transmission neighbourhood prioritized for immunization by entering their postal code: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/neighbourhood

Only those with eligible postal codes will be able to receive a vaccine through the high-transmission neighbourhood program.

 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER 2
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0026-000745
April 20, 2021
Ministry of Health
Office of the Chief Provincial Health Officer
Assisted-living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings and acute-care facilities with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

Assisted-living, long-term care homes and seniors’ rental buildings:

Vancouver Coastal Health – no facilities

Fraser Health – two facilities

  • Dufferin Care Centre (second occurrence)
  • Sunset Manor (third occurrence)

Northern Health – one facility

  • Acropolis Manor (second occurrence)

Interior Health – one facility

  • Cottonwoods Care Centre

Island Health – no facilities

Acute-care facilities:

  • Abbotsford Regional Hospital
  • Dawson Creek and District Hospital
  • Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
  • Prince Rupert Regional Hospital
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Vancouver General Hospital
  • UBC Hospital
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
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