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What you need to know about COVID-19 in BC for April 6th
THE LATEST: Health officials will provide the first live update within five days at 3 p.m. PT. The new online vaccine registration portal and provincial phone line are now open to eligible adults. As of Monday, 1,486 people have died of COVID-19 in BC, out of 104,061 confirmed cases. There are currently 318 people in the hospital with the disease, 96 of them in intensive care. The number of active cases has risen to 8,490. BC has now confirmed 3,559 cases of worrying variants, including 588 that are active. A total of 893,590 vaccine doses were administered, including 87,472 seconds. The province is now moving into phase 3 of its vaccine rollout plan. Back-to-back case numbers on Friday and Saturday broke one-day infection records with 1,074 and 1,077 new cases, respectively. Over the long weekend, BC COVID-19 case numbers rose again as the contagious varieties of concern continued to spread. The daily record for new cases was broken on Friday and Saturday with 1,074 and 1,077 new cases, respectively, as evidenced by the revised numbers released on Monday. At the same time, the number of patients in the intensive care unit has risen from a total of 318 patients in the hospital to 96, the highest level in the pandemic. There are now 8,490 active cases of the novel coronavirus in BC. Variants Affected Confirmed cases of Variants of Concern increased to 3,559, of which 588 are active. Health Minister Adrian Dix said Monday that there is a “significant” amount of the P1 variant in the province and he expects the affected variants will eventually replace less permeable strains of COVID-19. “What we do know are the most permeable strains that variants of COVID-19 will eventually take over,” he said. “We have seen this in other jurisdictions and we expect to see this here.” “Of the 318 people in the hospital, 60 are associated with worrying variants, Dix said. Dix said the province is not seeing an increase in young people’s hospitalizations, but is more likely to see more intensive care among those hospitalized. He said.” also that while the median age of patients is lower than prior to vaccination of BC’s oldest residents, those numbers are relative. Horacio Bach, an associate professor with The Infectious Diseases Department at the University of British Columbia said the variant was on Tuesday three times more contagious than the original strain of the novel coronavirus, and cases of reinfection have been documented. Bach said the more communicable variants could spread further outdoors, “If you’re standing in front of someone, even two meters when the wind comes to you , the person can set the virus free and you can get that, “he said CBC’s The Early Edition. Even when you are outdoors, you have to be very careful. Vaccine Adoption Meanwhile, 893,590 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC, including 87,472 seconds. The province launched its new vaccine registration system early Tuesday. Those eligible for their shot can now register through a new online one -Portal, a nationwide toll-free phone line, or in person at any Service BC location. According to Dix, 93,031 people had registered as of 11 a.m. PT, with 88 percent of registrations being online. From those registrations, 14,752 people made appointments for their shot. That The new system replaces the five regional call centers previously used to register vaccines. The changes also mean that BC is moving into Phase 3 of its four-phase vaccination schedule, which will target people aged 60 to 79 as well Focused on indigenous people from the age of 18. First steps People from the age of 71 – ie people who lived in 1950 or He was born earlier – can now book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Those living on the Sunshine Coast or Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton and Bowen Island can book if they are 70 years old or older, or born in 1951 or earlier. Indigenous people over the age of 18 can be booked as well as people who are clinically extremely endangered. There are three ways to register starting at 8 a.m. PT Tuesday: By calling the provincial phone line at 1 833 838 2323. In person at any Service BC location. School mask mandate Tuesday is the first day of school after the long Easter weekend. According to the new guidelines from BC announced last week, all students in grades 4 through 12 are required to wear a mask indoors, even if they are at their desks or on a school bus. BC Teachers’ Federation President Teri Mooring said her organization would strongly encourage K-3 students to wear masks in school. According to Mooring, she also recommends schools consider a hybrid learning model as COVID-19 cases rise. “A hybrid model needs to be considered, which means the classroom density will be reduced to 15 in most cases and other students will study online and then switch,” she told Carolina de Ryk, the host of CBC’s Daybreak North, on Tuesday. “That’s a good system.” To hear Teri Mooring’s interview on Daybreak North, tap the link below: READ MORE: What’s Happening Elsewhere in Canada? As of Monday, Canada had reported 1,014,373 cases of COVID-19, with 58,673 cases considered active. A total of 23,118 people have died from the disease. What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Common symptoms are: fever. To cough. Fatigue. Shortness of breath. Loss of taste or smell. A headache. However, more serious symptoms may develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia. What should i do when i feel sick? Use the BC Center for Disease Control’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool. Tests are recommended for anyone with cold or flu symptoms, even if they are mild. People with severe breathing difficulties, severe chest pain, difficulty waking up, or other extreme symptoms should call 911. What can I do to protect myself? Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Keep them clean. Keep at least two meters away from anyone outside your bladder. Keep your distance from sick people. Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth. Wear a mask in public indoor spaces. You can find more information about the outbreak on the federal government’s website.