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A look at Quebec's vaccine-passport system expected as of September – Powell River Peak

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Quebec has announced its intention to impose a vaccine-passport system beginning in September that would require people to prove they are vaccinated to access non-essential businesses — such as bars and gyms — in parts of the province where COVID-19 transmission is high.

Here’s a brief look at the details unveiled by the province so far and what other provinces are doing.

When will it come into effect and when will it be used?

The target date for its implementation is Sept.1, giving those who are 12 and older enough time to get both doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Quebec has already been offering people a QR code as proof of vaccination. The government says the passport system will be used when the epidemiological situation warrants it. The province hopes to use the passports instead of having to issue lockdowns.

Who will be subject to it and what non-essential activities are being targeted?

The government says the passports will be imposed on Quebec residents and visitors and will apply to non-essential services and businesses. Health Minister Christian Dubé has discussed using them for “high-risk” places such as gyms, restaurants and bars. He has also said the passports could be used for what he called lower-risk activities that attract big crowds such as festivals and sporting events.

What else will the vaccination passport be useful for?

The Health Department has said the vaccination passport will allow people to avoid isolating for 14 days after contact with a positive case or having to leave work or school in the event of an outbreak. Passport holders will no longer be subject to distancing rules or mask-wearing orders in private homes. Those adequately vaccinated will also be able to travel to multiple countries and be exempt from the 14-day quarantine upon return.

What is happening elsewhere in the country?

For now, Quebec is leading the way on vaccine passports. 

In Manitoba, authorities have been issuing a proof-of-immunization card to residents who are two weeks removed from their booster shot. The card allows residents to avoid isolating for 14 days upon returning from travel within Canada and if they are a close contact of a positive case. Card holders have more visitation rights at hospitals and long-term care homes. The province has left open the possibility of using the cards to grant access to major sporting events, museums and other facilities.

In Ontario, the provincial government says it is focused on getting residents vaccinated and isn’t envisioning a passport plan, leaving that instead for the federal government to manage.

In British Columbia, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says she doesn’t support the idea of vaccine passports, raising concerns it could lead to inequities that have been highlighted during the pandemic. Alberta and Saskatchewan have said they won’t be using a passport.

In Atlantic Canada, provincial authorities haven’t discussed passports like the one Quebec is proposing. The four Atlantic provinces, however, all require proof of vaccination for travellers from outside the region to avoid having to self-isolate upon entry.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 9, 2021.

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B.C. reports 342 new COVID cases, half of which are in Interior Health – Vernon Morning Star

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The province is reporting 342 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday (Aug. 4), a number not seen since May.

Of the new cases, 66 are in Fraser Health, 57 are in Vancouver Coastal Health, 171 are in Interior Health, 13 are in Northern Health, 32 are in Island Health and three new cases are in people who typically reside outside of Canada.

There are 1,764 active cases, of which 945 are in Interior Health. There are 55 people in hospital, 23 of whom are in intensive care or ICU.

Vaccination rates for people ages 12 and older have reached 81.5 per cent for first doses and 67.9 for second doses. There have been 6,931,815 doses of COVID vaccines administered so far.

There are five long-term care facilities currently experiencing COVID outbreaks: Holyrood Manor (Fraser Health), Nelson Jubilee Manor, Kootenay Street Village, Cottonwoods Care Centre and Brookhaven Care Centre (Interior Health).

According to the province, 78 per cent of cases are in people who are unvaccinated, while 18 per cent are in people who have had just one dose.

READ MORE: Vaccinated? You’re 10x less likely to catch and transmit COVID-19, but risk remains


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B.C. reports 342 new cases of COVID-19 over past 24 hours, with half in Interior Health – Kamloops This Week

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After days of reporting elevated case counts near 200 new per day, B.C. reported 342 new cases over the past 24 hours on Wednesday.

After a dramatic decline in cases from April to July, which the provincial government attributed to vaccinations taking hold in the province, cases have once again started spiking upwards, and the Interior Health region is leading the way.

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On Wednesday, Interior Health accounted for 171 of the 342 new cases, continuing the trend of making up approximately half of all new cases in the province.

But daily case data from the BC Centre for Disease Control also shows other regions beginning to increase, including Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health.

Interior Health now has nearly 1,000 active cases.

By the numbers, Fraser Health has 388 active cases, Vancouver Coastal Health has 258, Northern Health has 52, Island Health has 109, 12 are non-residents of Canada and Interior Health has 945.

As to where cases are emerging in Interior Health, weekly case data won’t be released until later on Wednesday. Previous weeks showed cases emerging in the Central Okanagan, where an outbreak was declared by Interior Health on July 28. That outbreak only affected the Central Okanagan local health area, but other local health areas also saw modest increases in cases.

Hospitalizations and deaths, however, remain low. No deaths were reported on Wednesday and only about a dozen deaths have been reported since the beginning of July.

As of Wednesday, B.C. had 55 people in hospital and 23 of those patients in ICUs.

With vaccinations continuing, B.C. has now put two doses in 67.9 per cent of everyone eligible to receive the vaccine in this province.

The province’s one-dose rate as of Wednesday is 81.5 per cent for everyone age 12 and older.

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COVID-19 outbreaks in two Kelowna area care homes announced as case numbers rise | iNFOnews | Thompson-Okanagan's News Source – iNFOnews

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Cottonwoods in Kelowna had an outbreak.
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August 04, 2021 – 2:44 PM

New case numbers of COVID-19 continue to rise across B.C., with Interior Health yet again showing the most growth.

It seems that the disease may have spread beyond the 20 to 40 age group, as well, with two new outbreaks in area care homes being reported.

Cottonwoods Care Centre in Kelowna and Brookhaven Care Centre in West Kelowna are listed among the province’s long-term care facilities where there’s an outbreak. Brookhaven has eight cases: four residents and four staff. Cottonwoods Care Centre long-term care has three resident cases.

In the last 24 hours there have been 342 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed, for a total of 150,973 cases in the province since the start of the pandemic. Of these new cases, 171 were in Interior Health.

It now has 945 of the 1,764 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Of the active cases, 55 people are in hospital and 23 are in intensive care. 

Fraser Health is reporting 66 new cases, for a total active caseload of 388, Vancouver Coastal Health is reporting 57 new cases for a total of 258 active cases, Northern Health had 13 new cases raising the active cases to 52 and Island Health had 32 new cases raising its active caseload to 109.

In the past 24 hours, no new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 1,772.

Since December 2020, the Province has administered 6,931,815 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

As of Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, 81.5% (3,777,588) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 67.9% (3,146,669) have received their second dose.
In addition, 82.4% (3,564,533) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 70.1% (3,033,200) have received their second dose.

 


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