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COVID-19 Update for October 14: Point Roberts Leaders Want Exemption from COVID Testing for Canadian Visitors | 605 new cases, four deaths | Canadian snowbirds hope to return to America next month | Alberta judge imposes fines instead of jail to avoid offenders’ notoriety

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus situation in BC

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus situation in British Columbia for October 14, 2021.


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We will provide summaries of what is happening in BC right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated periodically throughout the day, and updates will be 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 on weekends at 7pm by signing up for our newsletter. here.


According to the latest figures given on October 13:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 195,186 (5,172 active)
• New cases since October 12: 605
• Total deaths: 2,033 (four additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 357 (up to 21)
• Intensive care: 153 (stable)
• Total vaccinations: 4,120,063 received the first dose; 3,835,506 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 187,564
• Long-term care and assisted living homes and acute care facilities currently affected: 19


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• COVID-19: Here is everything you need to know about the new coronavirus

• COVID-19: The BC Vaccine Passport is here and this is how it works

• COVID-19: Here’s how to get vaccinated in British Columbia

• COVID-19: Find your neighborhood on our interactive map of cases and vaccination rates in BC

• COVID-19: Fear of needles? Here’s how to get over your fear and get vaccinated

• COVID-19: Five things to know about the spread of the P1 variant in BC

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

BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


Point Roberts Leaders Want Exemption From COVID Testing For Canadian Visitors

COVID-19 testing requirements for Canadians driving home from the United States could only prolong hardships for the small coastal town of Point Roberts, Washington, community leaders say.


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Brian Calder, president of the Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce, said that prior to COVID-19, the community would receive about 1.5 million visitors each year, but half of them often spent an hour or less in the city looking for gas. cheaper, buying groceries or checking your cabins or boats.

When the U.S. border reopens to vaccinated Canadians, there will be no testing requirements to go south, but Canada requires a negative COVID-19 test to return and Calder said that’s a problem for Point Roberts.

Point Roberts only offers testing on Wednesdays and Sundays, which, it said, would limit Canadian visitors.

He said he hopes the Canadian government will lift the testing regulation for the city.

-The Canadian press

The number of intensive care patients remains stable in British Columbia, with 605 new cases reported

The number of people in intensive care in British Columbia with COVID-19 remains stable at 153, according to figures released Wednesday.


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There were 605 new cases reported in the last day and four deaths (bringing that number to 2,033). There are currently 5,172 active cases of the disease (a slight decrease) of which 374 are being treated in the hospital, including 153 in intensive care. These hospital numbers do not include patients who were admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 and remain there, but they are no longer contagious.

82.7% of the British Columbia population aged 12 and over is now fully vaccinated.

Canadian snowbirds hope to return to America next month

While Canadian snowbirds hope to be able to cross the border into the United States next month, American businesses in border areas are concerned about the kinds of restrictions Canada will impose on travelers returning home.


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The United States has announced that it will remove restrictions on travelers who are fully vaccinated and enter the country by land from Canada and Mexico sometime in early November.

A pair of snowbirds awaiting change are Wendy Caban and her husband Geoff, both 73 years old.

They are already planning the four-day trip from their Lake Country home in the Okanagan Valley to Mesa, Arizona.

Wendy Caban said they will not be heading to the Oroville-Osoyoos border crossing on the day the change takes effect. He said they will wait several days to see what the lineups are like.

“We are dancing in our living room,” he said of the ad.

“All the snowbirds have been eagerly awaiting this news.”

-Kevin Griffin

Point Roberts Leaders Want Exemption From COVID Testing For Canadian Visitors


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Alberta judge imposes fines instead of jail to avoid notoriety for COVID-19 violators

An Alberta judge has decided to save a pastor, his brother and a cafe owner time in jail for violating COVID-19 rules because he did not want the three men to capitalize on the notoriety of the extra time behind bars.

Judge Adam Germain says Pastor Artur Pawlowski and his brother, Dawid Pawlowski, will face heavy fines because they would like nothing more than to become martyrs with additional jail time.

Alberta Health Services had recommended 21 days for the pastor and 10 days for his brother, but Germain opted for a fine of $ 23,000 for Artur Pawlowski and $ 10,000 for Dawid Pawlowski plus probation, which will prevent them from leaving Alberta.


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The Pawlowski brothers, who are from Calgary, were arrested in May and charged with organizing an illegal gathering, as well as promoting and attending an illegal gathering.

Christopher Scott, owner of the Whistle Stop Cafe in the village of Mirror, northeast of Red Deer, will pay $ 20,000 in fines and will also receive 18 months of probation.

He was also arrested in May at the end of an anti-blockade demonstration.

-The Canadian press


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


LOCAL RESOURCES for information on COVID-19

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

BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

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

HealthLink BC – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Page

BC Center 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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