COVID-19 on Vancouver Island

Katie Ramirez
April 13, 2021

As adults living and working in Whistler start lining up for COVID-19 vaccines Monday, questions still remain about whether the province could see a broader lockdown.

In addition, another 18 people have died B.C. -wide, as the death toll climbed to 1,513.

Dr. Bonnie Henry says firefighters, police and paramedics are being vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines over the next few weeks alongside staff at schools and child-care centres.

"Wait times vary depending on your age, vaccine supply, and where you live", says the provincial government.

As of Monday, anyone over the age of 55 can book a pharmacy vaccination appointment for the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Henry said that half of all new cases of COVID-19 being reported in B.C. are variants of concern - in particular the B.1.1.7 variant that is significantly more contagious than the original virus identified in China in December, 2019. "And we can look toward the summer when we'll have opportunities to be together again", Henry says.

Ontario to issue 4-week Stay-At-Home order starting Thursday
CTV News Queen's Park reporter Colin D'Mello told AM800's The Morning Drive that the order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Media reports indicate the provincial government is poised to announce a provincewide stay at home order.

Any residents with questions about COVID-19 or the vaccine interest form may call Douglas County's help line at 785-864-9000.

Of those new cases, 740 cases were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,957 in Fraser Health, 167 in Island Health, 299 in Interior Health and 125 in Northern Health.

When asked Saturday about the possibility of more drastic public health measures being announced at the start of the week, Health Minister Adrian Dix said "no".

"It is critical to keep our hospitals open and safe for everyone to be able to come in".

The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new information becomes available.

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