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COVID-19 update for Sept. 27: Vancouver school board extends mask mandate to all students | 18 deaths and 2,239 new cases reported over the past three days | B.C. Vaccine Card is now the only acceptable proof of vaccination

Here's your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Sept. 27, 2021.

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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on Sept. 24:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 184,780 (6,098 active cases)
• New cases since Sept. 23: 2,239 (876 on Friday, 657 on Saturday and 706 on Sunday)
• Total deaths: 1,940 (18 additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 303
• Intensive care: 141 (down seven)
• Total vaccinations: 4,064,859 received first dose; 3,729,606 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 176,354
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 21

IN-DEPTH:Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

COVID-19: Look up your neighbourhood in our interactive map of case and vaccination rates in B.C.

COVID-19: Afraid of needles? Here’s how to overcome your fear and get vaccinated

COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

COVID-19: Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021

COVID-19: Have you been exposed? Here are all B.C. public health alerts

COVID-19 at B.C. schools: Here are the school district exposure alerts

COVID-19: Avoid these hand sanitizers that are recalled in Canada

COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19

Vancouver school board extends mask mandate for students in kindergarten to Grade 3

The Vancouver school board has made masks mandatory for all students, as a motion was passed Monday night to extend the mandate to students from kindergarten to Grade 3.

The province has set out guidelines which require students from Grades 4 through 12 to be masked.

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One hundred and forty two people admitted to B.C. hospitals with COVID-19 over the past three days

One hundred and forty two people were admitted to hospital over the past three days in B.C. with COVID-19, and 18 people died.

Data released on Monday showed there were 2,239 cases identified on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – with 6,098 active cases.

There are 303 people in hospital who have active COVID-19, of whom 141 are in intensive care.

Over the three days there were 17,899 first doses of vaccine administered and 27,910 second doses.

That means 80.5 per cent of B.C.’s population aged 12 and over are fully immunized.

Of the 18 people who died, six were in Vancouver Coastal Health, five were in Interior Health, three in Fraser Health, three in Island Health and one in Northern Health.

COVID-19 pandemic cut life expectancy by most since WW2: study

The COVID-19 pandemic reduced life expectancy in 2020 by the largest amount since the second World War, according to a study published on Monday by Oxford University, with the life expectancy of American men dropping by more than two years

Life expectancy fell by more than six months compared with 2019 in 22 of the 29 countries analyzed in the study, which spanned Europe, the United States and Chile.

There were reductions in life expectancy in 27 of the 29 countries overall. Canada was not included in the study.

– Reuters

Tensions high as vaccinated Canadians find the unvaccinated selfish, irresponsible: poll

A new poll suggests tensions over COVID-19 vaccines in Canada are high as frictions grow between those who are vaccinated against the virus and those who are not.

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The Leger survey, conducted for the Association of Canadian Studies, found that more than three in four respondents hold negative views of those who are not immunized.

Association president Jack Jedwab says the relationships between vaccinated and unvaccinated Canadians are also viewed negatively by two out of three survey participants.

The online poll surveyed 1,549 Canadians between Sept. 10 and 12.

The survey found vaccinated people consider the unvaccinated as irresponsible and selfish, a view contested by those who are not immunized.

Some members of the latter group have been staging demonstrations outside hospitals and schools in recent weeks to protest vaccine passports and other public health measures.

– The Canadian Press

Anyone aged 12 and over going to a restaurant or live event must show B.C. Vaccine Card as of today

Starting today, the B.C. Vaccine Card will be the only acceptable proof of vaccination for anyone wanting to go to a restaurant, bar or sports/live event.

According to the B.C. government, 3.1 million British Columbians aged 12 and over have downloaded their proof of vaccination.

People can get their B.C. Vaccine Card online at gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard and keep a digital copy on their mobile device by taking a screen shot or saving the digital copy to the device’s photo album or downloads folder, or they can print a hard copy to present when entering designated businesses and events.

Businesses have to download the B.C. Vaccine Card Verifier App from the Google Play and Apple App stores and use the app to verify customers’ B.C. Vaccine Card, or visually verify the person’s proof of vaccination.

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Government-issued photo is required for those 19 and older.

The BC Vaccine Card includes a secure individualized QR code and image showing the holder is either “vaccinated” or “partially vaccinated.”

– David Carrigg

No order in place mandating vaccine for acute-care health workers in B.C.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has not yet formalized an order around vaccination for acute-care health workers in B.C.

Two weeks ago, Henry announced that an order would be put in place that all health-care workers in acute settings (hospitals and community care) would need to be immunized against COVID-19 by Oct. 26. Henry said that if those workers were not fully immunized by that time they would not be allowed to enter the facility to work.

This was on top of an order announced a month earlier that all those who work in long-term care must be vaccinated effective Oct. 12.

The order related to long-term care facility workers — announced on Aug. 12 — was formalized by a Order of the Provincial Health Officer  on Aug. 20.

However, Henry’s order around acute-care health workers has not been formalized.

According to a spokesperson from the B.C. Ministry of Health, the provincial health officer “is currently consulting on and drafting an order that will provide a clear definition of the scope of health care workers and health care settings that will be included in the mandatory vaccination requirement.”

The B.C. government recommends you get your second required dose of COVID-19 as early as a month after your first dose in order to maximize protection.

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This means that in order to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 26, an acute-setting health-care worker would have to have received their first dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine yesterday at the latest.

– David Carrigg

Australian COVID-19 lockdown to end sooner for the vaccinated

Australian authorities announced plans on Monday to gradually reopen locked-down Sydney, unveiling a two-tiered system that will give citizens inoculated for COVID-19 more freedoms than their unvaccinated neighbors for several weeks.

Movement restrictions across New South Wales, the country’s most populous state and home to Sydney, will be lifted gradually between Oct. 11 and Dec. 1 as vaccination rates push through 70 per cent, 80 per cent and 90 per cent.

However, people who are not fully inoculated will be barred from joining the vaccinated to resume community sports, dining out, shopping and other activities until the final date.

– Reuters

U.S. CDC warns of health care strain

Parts of the U.S. health system “are in dire straits,” as the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant forces some states to prepare for rationed medical care, said Rochelle Walensky, head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“That means that we are talking about who is going to get a ventilator, who is going to get an ICU bed,” Walensky said on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday. “Those are not easy discussions to have, and that is not a place we want our health care system to ever be.”

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Idaho, among the U.S.’s least-vaccinated states, and Alaska have said that hospitals can begin to ration medical care if needed.

A major hospital in Montana also implemented so-called “crisis of care standards” to prioritize who is treated. Health officials warned the measure could be widened across the state.

Reuters

Pfizer to submit data on kids’ vaccine

Pfizer Inc. will submit data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 within “days, not weeks,” Albert Bourla, the company’s CEO, said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“If they approve it, we will be ready with our manufacturing to provide this new formulation of the vaccine,” he said.

He said the dosage for young children is one-third that of the vaccine for adults.

Last week Pfizer and BioNTech said that formulation produced strong antibody responses in children in a large-scale trial. Pfizer Canada said it plans to provide Health Canada with data showing its COVID-19 vaccine works for children in a bid to seek authorization “as early as possible.”

The vaccine is currently only approved for those aged 12 years and older.

— Reuters


B.C. MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE COUNTS, VACCINATION RATES

Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press

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