Tuesday, March 16, 2021

556 new cases, no new deaths; Outbreak at Acropolis Manor in Prince Rupert declared over

Tuesday's COVID-19 report from Doctor Bonnie Henry stayed true to recent totals with another day of 500 plus reports of new cases of the coronavirus, though today marked another day with no deaths to make note of in the statement released by the Provincial government. 

“Today, we are reporting 556 new cases, including 14 epi-linked cases, for a total of 88,929 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 4,999 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 9,511 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 82,436 people who tested positive have recovered. 

Of the active cases, 280 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 84 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation. 

There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,407 deaths in British Columbia. "

Across the province, the health authority totals for the day were: 139 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 331 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 27 in the Island Health region, 16 in the Interior Health region.

There were  41 new cases recorded by Northern Health which brings the total number of cases in the Northern region to 5,271  since the coronavirus arrived in British Columbia in January of 2020.

Health officials noted that have been no new health-care facility outbreaks today. Sharing word that the outbreak at Prince Rupert's Acropolis Manor has now been declared over.

On  the variants watch, there have been 116 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern identified in our province in the last day, for a total of 996 cases. Of the total cases, 130 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 921 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 41 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 34 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant. 

As more and more vaccinations begin to rollout the numbers continue to increase of those now vaccinated to date, 424,517 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,070 of which are second doses. 

Vaccine appointment bookings are open for people over 83, adding one year each day this week for people 80 and older by the end of the week, along with Indigenous peoples over 65. 

For Prince Rupert and Port Edward residents the phone appointment protocol has now been modified to accept all those who are 18 and over, that as the community wide program moves forward ahead of schedule, with call takers continuing to book appointments until March 21. 

As for the rest of the Province, Doctor Henry observed on the vaccination program, however cautioned towards maintaining the current measures to allow for the vaccination program to bas effective as possible.

 “We are all excited to get our COVID-19 vaccine, as not only do they provide protection, but also bring hope and renewal for all of us. 

Every person who receives a vaccine makes all of us safer, which is why teams are working hard to ensure every drop of available vaccine supply gets into arms as soon as possible. Already, we have been able to accelerate availability for older citizens and we hope to be able to continue to push forward at this pace. 

The vaccines are protecting more and more seniors and Elders. They are also helping break the chains of transmission in our communities where we continue to see outbreaks and spread. This is critical to our pandemic response.

At the same time, we are starting to turn the dial to restart activities that have been on pause, starting with outdoor activities that are safer. We must continue to be cautious in our approach to achieve the right balance – moving slowly to ensure we don’t give the virus the opportunity to surge. 

A reminder for those who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day to do so safely and in line with the provincial health officer’s orders. That means that last call at restaurants, pubs and liquor stores will be at 8 p.m. on March 17, 2021, to protect our businesses and the people who work in them. 

This is a time of hope for all of us – a time when we can start to look forward, knowing brighter days are ahead. As we do, let’s ensure we are also keeping to few faces, open spaces and with all of our safety layers in place.”

More notes on Tuesday's  provincial  report can be reviewed here.  

BC CDC Data for BC For March 16 2021

BC CDC Data for Northern Health region For March 16 2021

The BC Centre for Disease control has some valuable Coronavirus notes related to COVID-19 you can explore that information here.

You can learn more about the outbreak from both the Province and the Federal government from the links below:

Federal Government site

British Columbia Government site

The World Health Organization website also offers up the latest advisories on the global situation.

More from  Northern Health can be reviewed here 

You can review our archive of past statements and local information here.   

Local governments and organizations have also provided for increased awareness of COVID-19 issues, those past advisories  can be reviewed here.

For notes from across Canada and British Columbia we have been archiving the latest items through our political portal Darcy McGee

Ottawa Observations

Victoria Viewpoints


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