COVID-19 Update February 19-21: Here’s the latest on the coronavirus in British Columbia

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

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Here is your daily update with everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus situation in British Columbia for February 19-20, 2022.

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We’ll provide summaries of what’s happening in British Columbia here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as we go.

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 p.m. by signing up to our newsletter. here.


BC COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

Here are the latest figures given on February 18:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 343,631
• New cases: 692
• Total number of deaths: 2,786 (five new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 733
• Intensive care: 113
• Total vaccinations: 4,509,718 received the first dose (90.5% of the 5+ eligible population); 4,266,168 second doses (85.6%); 2,432,537 third doses (56.2% of adults)
• Long-term care homes and assisted living facilities, and acute care facilities currently affected: 33

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IN DEPTH : Here are all the cases in British Columbia of the new coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020


BC GUIDES AND LINKS

• COVID-19: British Columbia’s vaccine passport is here and here’s how it works

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

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

British Columbia COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in British Columbia

Gendarmerie closes Pacific Highway border again due to vaccination mandate protesters

There are more protest duels today in Metro Vancouver.

Vaccination mandate protesters met counter-protesters in Vancouver before the so-called “freedom convoy” returned to the border in Surrey.

The police again closed the border for security reasons due to the protest.

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Wild night in Vancouver amid relaxed COVID-19 restrictions leads to stabbings and arrest

A 25-year-old man is in critical condition after he was stabbed Friday night in Vancouver’s Granville entertainment district as thousands of people packed downtown following relaxed COVID-19 restrictions.

sergeant. Steve Addison, a Vancouver police spokesman, said additional officers were patrolling the city on Friday night after capacity limits on bars and restaurants were lifted.

“Large crowds began to enter the city center in the early evening, with some lining up early in nightclubs and hundreds strolling through entertainment areas. This has led to multiple conflicts on the street,” Addison said in a statement Saturday.

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Shortly before 2am, VPD officers responded to a violent assault near Smithe and Granville streets, after a man in his 20s was stabbed. Officers provided first aid to stem the bleeding before the Vancouver man was taken by ambulance to hospital for emergency surgery.

He was in critical condition but expected to survive, Addison said.

What to know about updated travel restrictions in Canada

The travel landscape is slowly changing as COVID-19 restrictions ease and the world opens up, but not entirely.

The Canadian government recently announced changes to what travelers can expect when coming and going, starting later this month. Among those changes are the types of tests accepted on arrival and whether you will still need to self-quarantine while awaiting test results.

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There is still a lot to know before leaving. Here are some tips for traveling from next month.

—Joseph Ruttle

Freedom Convoy leader Pat King arrested live on social media

Pat King, one of the most vocal members of the “Freedom Convoy” movement, took to social media on Friday to live-stream his arrest.

“I’m being arrested by this officer right now,” he told viewers on his Facebook Live stream. “I am arrested. We’ll talk to you guys soon.

At around 12:30 p.m., as rows of police were in a tense confrontation with protesters and supporters near the intersection of Rideau and Sussex and officers in vehicles and on horseback were moving elsewhere, King was approached in his vehicle by a police officer who said, “You are under arrest, sir.”

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Interior Health will begin rescheduling surgeries after COVID 19 pause

British Columbia’s interior health authority said it was taking a phased approach to resuming services that were halted last month, including postponing postponed surgeries and reopening inpatient services.

A statement from President Susan Brown indicates that the impacts of the Omicron wave of COVID-19 on the region’s health system staffing are beginning to subside.

Brown says staff aren’t stable enough to safely restore all services next week, but he will reschedule procedures starting next Wednesday and aims to clear the backlog as quickly as possible.

Interior Health says inpatient services will reopen on February 23 in Clearwater, where a new registered nurse has been recruited, while primary care services provided by nurses will return to normal that day at the Barriere and District Health Center .

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Inpatient services are also set to reopen on March 14 in Lillooet with two new nurses.

— The Canadian Press



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LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

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

British Columbia 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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