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Video of premier dining in Vernon causes anger, highlights confusion with COVID rules – News 1130



VERNON (NEWS 1130) – A viral video of B.C.’s premier dining at a Vernon restaurant is highlighting the confusion that exists in the Interior Health region when it comes to COVID-19 restrictions.

The video, taken on Thursday, shows a group of people confront Premier John Horgan, who is at a table with seven other people. It’s prompted some online to accuse him of breaking the rule that says there can only be six seated at a table.

But that’s not the case.

While regional restrictions in the Central Okanagan were recently expanded to the rest of the Interior, rules impacting restaurants, pubs, and bars, were not. That means restaurants like the one Horgan ate at can seat more than six at a table.

Jeff Guinard, Executive Director of BC’s Alliance of Beverage Licensees, says the expansion of some rules but not others has been confusing.

“I think government and regional health authorities did not do a good enough job making that clear,” he told NEWS 1130.

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“From their perspective, they only talk about the rules they extended. They didn’t bother to mention that we’re not extending the restrictions on the hospitality industry about group sizes and operating hours and from one sense, why would they, they’re not extending them, right? But it would have been very helpful at the beginning if they had just said that quite clearly.”

He adds as soon as the expanded restrictions were announced, he was getting calls and emails from restaurants and bars.

“We literally had inspectors going into some of our establishments and saying they had to shut down at 10 o’clock, to which we said, ‘No, we don’t,’” he added.

The restaurant Horgan was filmed dining at, Sir Winston’s Pub and Liquor Store, has fallen victim to the confusion with some online giving the establishment poor reviews, accusing them of bending the rules for the premier.

Owner, Jovan Badhan, tells NEWS 1130 that’s not the case and that Horgan was seated with a group of seven because the rules allow it.

“We have been serving our customers for 20 something years and never once have we ever given anyone preferential treatment based on their background, their career, their race, whatever it may be,” he said.

While the people who confronted Horgan can be heard complaining that they were told they could only have six at their table, Badhan says his restaurant has been seating groups of larger than six ever since the rules loosened.

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He also believes there’s been confusion over the rules.

“I really do think there’s miscommunication and a misunderstanding of what rules are placed upon us on different regions,” he said.

“The message gets quite convoluted when it’s changing every four weeks and when different regions have different restrictions placed upon them and I think that’s what happened in this case. People don’t understand where we are located, what restrictions are placed on us versus Vancouver, Victoria, even Kelowna.”

Badhan believes some of the anger and frustration stems from opposition to the province’s vaccine passport, set to come into effect next month.

“As a business we’ve seen a lot of hardship over the last year and a half and I don’t think we should be painted in a negative light just because a high-figure politican visited our establishment,” he added.

When reached for comment on the video and the reaction, Premier John Horgan’s office said the people who took the video were mistaken and that the premier didn’t break any rules.

NEWS 1130 has reached out to the person who filmed the video.

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Data from 3 major hospital systems reveals how many COVID-19 patients are fully vaccinated – Bring Me The News



While the COVID vaccines are shown to be effective albeit not bulletproof at preventing infection from the virus, their effectiveness at preventing hospitalization and death is much greater.

Four Minnesota healthcare institutions provided specific data that shows the percentage of hospitalized COVID-19 patients who are fully vaccinated, and how many are unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated.

Allina Health, which has 14 hospitals in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, reports that almost four out of five COVID-19 patients hospitalized through Sept. 20 were unvaccinated.

Its data show that of 176 COVID-19 patients hospitalized on Sept. 20, 32 were in the ICU and 21 required a ventilator. Hospitalized patients who were fully vaccinated represented 22.7% of the total, and just 15.6% of the ICU cases and 9.5% of the cases with a ventilator. 

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HealthPartners, which has nine hospitals in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, told Bring Me The News that it has cared for 338 COVID-19 patients in the past 30 days and 53 of them (15.7%) were fully vaccinated. 

“Of those 53 patients, only six required intensive care, two needed the support of a ventilator and nobody died. Year-to-date, 6.3% of hospitalized patients have been fully vaccinated,” a spokesperson from HealthPartners said. 

Sanford Health, which operates 22 regional hospitals, is reporting that 10.1% of all COVID-19 patients hospitalized on Sept. 21 were fully vaccinated. Only two of 45 in the ICU and one of 34 patients on a ventilator were fully vaxxed,

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More of the same from CentraCare, which operates eight hospitals in the region. The latest data provided Thursday (it changes daily and even hourly) had six of 67 COVID-19 inpatients documented as fully vaccinated. 

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To recap, that’s four major hospital systems that are reporting between 9% and 22% of all COVID-19 patients being fully vaccinated, with even lower percentages of vaccinated patients in the ICU or on a ventilator. 

“COVID-19 vaccines continue to be our best tool in stopping the spread of infection and preventing serious illness and death,” the HealthPartners spokesperson said.

Bring Me The News has requested vaccinated and unvaccinated ratios from other major providers, including Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Hennepin Healthcare and Essentia Health. 

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330 people are in BC hospitals with COVID-19 – MY PG NOW



B.C. is reporting 832 new cases of COVID-19, 117 in Northern Health, 153 in Interior Health.

There are 5,697 active cases in the province, of those cases, 330 individuals are in hospital and 148 are in intensive care.

The north has 977 active cases, and the interior has 1,181.

87.3% of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of a vaccine and 79.9% received their second dose.

The new/active cases include:

* 377 new cases in Fraser Health
* Total active cases: 1,932

* 114 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
* Total active cases: 909

* 153 new cases in Interior Health
* Total active cases: 1,181

* 117 new cases in Northern Health
* Total active cases: 977

* 71 new cases in Island Health
* Total active cases: 654

* no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada
* Total active cases: 44

There were five new deaths reported, one was in Northern Health.

From Sept. 15-21, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 75.5% of cases and from Sept. 8-21, they accounted for 82.6% of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Sept. 15-21) – Total 4,417

* Not vaccinated: 2,996 (67.8%)

* Partially vaccinated: 342 (7.7%)

* Fully vaccinated: 1,079 (24.4%)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Sept. 8-21) – Total 437

* Not vaccinated: 327 (74.8%)

* Partially vaccinated: 34 (7.8%)

* Fully vaccinated: 76 (17.4%)

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Sept. 15-21)

* Not vaccinated: 289.0

* Partially vaccinated: 87.9

* Fully vaccinated: 27.0

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Sept. 8-21)

* Not vaccinated: 46.5

* Partially vaccinated: 13.3

* Fully vaccinated: 1.8

After factoring for age, people not vaccinated are 25.8 times more likely to be hospitalized than those fully vaccinated.

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U.S. CDC advisers recommend COVID-19 vaccine boosters for 65 and older, high risk –



An advisory panel at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for Americans aged 65 and older and for some adults with underlying medical conditions.

The vote by the group on Thursday clears the way for a booster roll-out to begin as soon as this week for millions of people who had their second dose at least six months ago.

It also follows Wednesday’s emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine for seniors 65 and up and for certain adults at a high risk of severe COVID-19.

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