N.W.T. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola and territorial medical director Dr. AnneMarie Pegg are taking your questions about COVID-19 on Thursday morning.
The two doctors will be live on N.W.T.’s The Trailbreaker on CBC Radio One at 7 a.m. MT. The bi-weekly call-in show will also be live streamed here and on CBC N.W.T.’s Facebook page.
Since the last call-in show, a COVID-19 outbreak shut down operations at the Gahcho Kué diamond mine, after six workers tested positive.
Kandola said at her weekly news briefing on Wednesday that she believes the outbreak has stabilized.
She said her office is working closely with DeBeers, the owner of the mine, to manage the situation. She said all 330 workers at the mine have been tested.
The N.W.T. also announced 11 more community vaccination clinics for residents to receive their second dose of the Moderna vaccine this week. Yellowknife also saw 500 new appointments for the vaccine this week, and expanded the priority lists.
A containment order in Fort Liard, which had been put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 after seeing a cluster of cases, was also lifted.
As of Wednesday evening, there were seven active cases in the territory; two are residents and the remaining five are non-residents.
What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for March 2 – CBC.ca
- B.C. has accelerated its vaccination plan to have every eligible adult receive a first does by July.
- A total of 1,478 new cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths were announced on Monday.
- A total of 1,363 people in B.C. have lost their lives due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
- There were 42 new cases of variants of concern identified in B.C. over the weekend.
- There are now 236 people in hospital due to COVID-19 with 65 in intensive care.
- There are currently 4,464 active cases of coronavirus in the province,
- So far, 275,681 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C. — around four per cent of the population — with 83,777 of those being second doses.
Every eligible adult in British Columbia should be able to receive a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by late July after the approval of a new vaccine and a decision to delay second doses.
Health officials announced the accelerated timeline Monday as the province moved into the second, seniors-focused phase.
Seniors 80 and older, Indigenous seniors 65 and older, hospital staff and medical specialists, vulnerable populations living and working in congregated settings, and staff providing in-home support to seniors will begin getting their shots this month.
The province’s vaccination plan is focused on inoculating high-risk people and most elderly populations by April, followed by younger age groups in the spring and summer.
Also on Monday, the province announced it is immediately extending the time between first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine to four months, saying studies are showing strong protection from COVID-19 with one dose.
Rise in variants
Cases of coronavirus variants of concern continue to climb in B.C.
B.C. health officials confirmed they had identified 42 more variant cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. There have now been 158 variant cases of COVID-19 confirmed in B.C.
A total of 1,478 new cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths were announced on Monday.
The number of hospitalized patients is at 236 people, 65 of whom are in intensive care.
A total of 1,363 people in B.C. have lost their lives due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
There are currently 4,464 active cases of coronavirus in the province, with public health monitoring 8,210 people across B.C. who are in self-isolation due to COVID-19 exposure.
More than 74,776 people who tested positive have recovered.
So far, 275,681 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C. — around four per cent of the population — with 83,777 of those being second doses.
Three Fraser Valley churches were in court Monday seeking to overturn provincial health orders barring in-person religious gatherings. The hearing is expected to continue Tuesday.
The orders were put in place by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry last year as a way to curtail the spread of COVID-19 and were last extended on Feb. 10.
A lawyer for a group of British Columbia churches challenging COVID-19 rules that prohibit in-person religious services says the provincial health officer’s orders allow secular gatherings such as in-class education and food distribution for people in need, while discriminating against churches and their congregants’ right to freedom of religion.
What’s happening elsewhere in Canada
As of 4 p.m. PT Monday Canada had reported 870,033 cases of COVID-19, with 30,430 cases considered active.
A total of 22,017 people have died.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Common symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath.
- Loss of taste or smell.
But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia.
What should I do if I feel sick?
Use the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool. Testing is recommended for anyone with symptoms of cold or flu, even if they’re mild. People with severe difficulty breathing, 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 metres away from people outside your bubble. Keep your distance from people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wear a mask in indoor public spaces.
- Be aware of evolving travel advisories to different regions.
More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government’s website.
How to get your COVID-19 vaccination shot in B.C. – Times Colonist
The vaccines are coming. After a long wait, B.C. is gearing up for one of its largest mass immunization efforts in history.
On Monday, the province unveiled Phase 2 of its COVID-19 rollout plan and announced that seniors over 80 and Indigenous people over 65 will start receiving their vaccinations on March 15.
Here’s what you need to know to get your jab.
How do I book an appointment?
You can make your own appointment, or have a friend or family member do it for you.
Booking information — including health authority contact details, complete call-in schedules, hours of operations and step-by-step instructions on how to call to book an appointment — will be available on March 8 at gov.bc.ca/bcseniorsfirst.
The government has promised that seniors would also be able to book their appointment through their health authority call centre. The Island Health call centre can be reached at 1-833-348-4787. It will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.
People should only call in when they are eligible. Anyone who misses their age-based dates can call, book and be vaccinated at any time after they become eligible.
Seniors who are 90 and older and Indigenous people who are 65 and older will be able to book their vaccinations starting March 8, while seniors 85-89 can book starting March 15, and seniors 80-84 can book beginning March 22.
What information will I need to provide when I call?
The call centre will ask for your:
• Legal name
• Date of birth
• Postal code
• Personal health number (PHN), found on the back of B.C. driver’s licences or B.C. services cards.
• Contact information, including an email address or phone number to receive texts.
The health authority will never ask people for their social insurance number, driver’s license number or banking and credit card details.
When can I get vaccinated?
Phase 2 vaccinations of high-risk groups will continue until mid-April. This includes individuals living in shelters, health care workers, seniors and staff in independent living homes and long-term home support clients and staff.
Vaccinations for seniors 90 and older and Indigenous peoples 65 and older who are not living in independent living or seniors supportive housing will start on March 15.
Seniors 85-89 will start receiving vaccinations on March 22. Those 80-84 will follow a week later.
Vaccinations for the general population are expected to take place from April until September. The vaccines will be administered by age in five-year increments, starting with people ages 75 to 79.
The provincial government provided this estimate of when appointment slots would open for various age ranges:
• 75 to 79 — First shot April; second shot May
• 70-74 — First shot April; second shot May
• 65-69 — First shot May or June; second shot June or July
• 60-64 — First shot June; second shot July
• clinically vulnerable people 16-69 — First and second shots between April and June
• 40-59 — First shot July; second shot August
• 35-39 — First shot July; second shot August
• 30-34 — First shot July; second shot August
• 25-29 — First shot July or August; second shot August or September
• 18-24 — First shot August; second shot September
— With files from Scott Brown and Katie DeRosa
Ontario reports 11 additional COVID-19 deaths, daily cases below 1,000 – CityNews Toronto
Ontario says 11 more people have died from COVID-19 with new cases dropping to below 1,000.
As of the latest update, 6,997 people in the province have died as a result of the virus since the pandemic began last March.
Provincial health officials reported 966 new cases on Tuesday, a drop from 1,023 cases the previous day.
The most new cases are in Toronto (253), Peel Region (223) and York Region (99).
The province said 677 people remain in hospital with 284 of them in ICU.
Provincial officials completed 30,767 tests since the previous daily update on Monday.
Another 22,326 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered, bringing the total number of vaccines given across the province to 727,021.
Ontario reported seven additional cases of variants of concern, bringing the provincial total number of cases up to 572.
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