COVID-19 update for March 14: Visitors to BC care homes still need to be masked, vaccinated, tested | Barack Obama tests positive | Pfizer CEO says 4th booster ‘needed now’


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 March 14, 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 March 11:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 352,039
• New cases: 288
• Total deaths: 2,935 (three new)
• Hospitalized cases: 368
• Intensive care: 46
• Total vaccinations: 4,327,290 received first dose (90.7% of eligible pop. 5+); 4,318,406 second doses (86.6%); 2,616,170 third doses (56.4% of those 12+)
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 14

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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

3 pm or later – Health officials are set to share latest figures on COVID-19 in BC

Health officials are expected to update the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province.

Vaccine, mask, testing rules expected to remain at BC care homes for some time

As of midnight March 18, open visitations will be restored to care homes in BC, but don’t expect remaining requirements for visitors to disappear completely.

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Those measures require visitors to be vaccinated, wear a mask and take a COVID-19 rapid test.

The 30,000 elderly people who live in care homes in the province remain among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus.

“This is the most vulnerable setting for respiratory disease. And, so, I think we’ve got to be careful not to let our guard down,” says Terry Lake, CEO of the BC Care Providers Association, which represents private and not-for-profit independent owned care homes in the province.

Lake said COVID-19 trends will have to be monitored, and if there is improvement heading into the summer, further relaxation of requirements at care homes could take place.

“But we all need to be prepared to go back to some of (the restrictions) in the fall when the respiratory viruses are more frequent,” said Lake.

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— Gordon Hoekstra

Barack Obama tests positive for COVID-19

Former US President Barack Obama said on Sunday he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was feeling fine other than a scratchy throat.

“I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise,” Obama wrote on Twitter.

“Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative.”

— Reuters

Pfizer CEO says new booster needed ‘now’

A second booster shot against Covid-19 is needed “right now” because of waning immunity, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said.

The company is in the process of submitting data to US health officials on an additional booster, as well as planning further for a vaccine that would “protect against all variants” and offer protection for a year, he said on CBS’s Face the Nation.

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The first booster, he said, is still “quite good for hospitalizations and deaths. It’s not that good against infections.”

Bourla also said he expects to submit data on vaccines for children under age 5 next month. In February, the US Food and Drug Administration postponed a review of Pfizer data for the youngest children, citing the need for more information on a three-dose regimen of shots.

—Bloomberg

Shenzhen locks down

China placed the 17.5 million residents of the southern city of Shenzhen into a lockdown that’s due to last until March 20, according to a city government notice.

The measures, which came after virus cases doubled nationwide to nearly 3,400, extended restrictions placed earlier on the city’s central business district. The surge in infections is thought to be linked to the neighboring city of Hong Kong, where about 300,000 people are currently in isolation or under home quarantine. Alongside the lockdown, Shenzhen will launch three rounds of mass testing of residents.

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All bus and subway systems across the city were ordered to shut down during the restrictions. Businesses, except those providing essential services will also close, and employees will work from home if they can. Residents will be barred from leaving the city, except in limited situations, and they will need to produce a negative Covid test within 24 hours.

—Bloomberg



DEATHS BY HEALTH AUTHORITY


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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