COVID-19 update for April 9-10: As cases creep back up, mask mandate needed, says BC disease modeller | Many seniors exercised, socialized less during the pandemic


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

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the coronavirus situation in BC for April 9-10, 2022.

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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in BC right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments 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 weeknights at 7 pm by subscribing to our newsletter here.


BC’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

Here are the latest figures given on April 7 for March 27 to April 3:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 357,242
• New cases: 1,706 over seven days
• Total death over seven days: 11 (total 3,004)
• Hospitalized cases: 324
• Intensive care: 38
• Total vaccinations: 4,530,329 received first dose (90.9% of eligible pop. 5+); 4,359,332 second doses (87.4%); 2,574,997 third doses (59.5% of those 12+)

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A FONDO: Here are all the BC cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020


BC GUIDES AND LINKS

• COVID-19: BC’s vaccine passport is here and this is how it works

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

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

BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in BC

Many seniors exercised, socialized less during the pandemic. That needs to change

Hilary Clark was 89 and fit when the pandemic arrived two years ago.

She went to three exercise classes a week, regularly walked on the treadmill, and had been taught at an early age to be active by her phys-ed-teacher mother.

When most fitness classes and social activities were shut down in spring 2020, she switched to daily walks around the block near her West Vancouver home, a routine that got difficult after she had a fall and had to start using a cane.

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It was a poor physical replacement for her previous exercise regimen, and it also left her feeling disspirited.

Read the full story from Lori Culbert here.

Downtown Vancouver will have its busiest weekend since COVID shut things down two years ago

Saturday will be the busiest day in downtown Vancouver since COVID-19 restrictions came into force in March 2020, just in time to greet the first weekend with no pandemic restrictions at pubs and restaurants.

On Saturday at 7 pm, there will be both puck-drop at Rogers Arena and kick-off at BC Place, with San Jose visiting the Canucks and Portland facing the Whitecaps.

Not far away, a reimagined Alegria, Cirque du Soleil’s story of oppression and abuse of power first performed in 1994, has three shows on Saturday and two more on Sunday under the big top at Concord Pacific Place.

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Sports fans have the option of packing bars that have TV screens to watch the Masters Tournament or the Blue Jays on Saturday and Sunday.

Also, expect rubbernecking tourists to be wandering around wondering why Jack Poole Plaza doesn’t look like Old Montreal after the MS Koningsdam docks early Sunday morning, the first cruise ship of the season. It began its journey in San Diego and has a Saturday stop in Victoria, with 1,200 passengers and 900 crew. Ella it was declared free of COVID-19 by the US Centers for Disease Control, and all aboard have had to provide vaccination status, test results and a quarantine plan through ArriveCan.

Read the full story from Gordon McIntyre here.

As COVID-19 cases creep back up, mask mandate needed, says BC disease modeller

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Sally Otto, an infectious disease modeller on the team, which released its latest report Wednesday, said the mask mandate is the one pandemic measure that needs to remain in place a little longer to protect access by vulnerable people to essential services such as grocery stores, drugstores and public transit.

Read more on this here from the Times-Colonist

End of vaccine card in BC too soon as BA.2 variant spreads: doctor

It’s too early to drop all COVID-19 restrictions, including proof of vaccination at indoor venues, as infections rise in British Columbia due to a “let it rip” approach for managing the virus, a retired emergency room doctor says.

Read more on this here from the Canadian Press



DEATHS BY HEALTH AUTHORITY

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WHAT’S HAPPENING ACROSS CANADA


LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

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

BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

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

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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