March 3 COVID-19 Update: Here’s the latest on the coronavirus in British Columbia

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus situation 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 for March 3, 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.

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BC COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

Here are the latest figures given on March 2:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 349,213
• New cases: 442
• Total number of deaths: 2,883 (10 reported in the last 24 hours)
• Hospitalized cases: 517
• Intensive care: 73
• Total number of vaccinations: 4,517,602 received the first dose (90.6% of the 5+ eligible population); 4,302,285 second doses (86.3%); 2,587,716 third doses (55.8% of those aged 12 and over)
• Long-term care homes and assisted living facilities, and acute care facilities currently affected: 21

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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

3 p.m. or later – Health officials expected to share latest numbers on COVID-19 in British Columbia

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

CBSA resumes services as federal travel restrictions ease

The Canada Border Services Agency is resuming regular service at two B.C. airports after federal travel guidelines were relaxed earlier this week.

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The CBSA will now operate from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, at Penticton and Pringe George airports, after suspending service due to COVID-19 in March 2020.

Following the federal government’s update to travel restrictions on February 28, international flights are now also allowed to land at three airports in British Columbia, where they had previously been halted due to the pandemic.

These airports include Kamloops and Nanaimo airports, as well as the small aircraft station at Vancouver International Airport. The CBSA will resume regular customs clearance services at these three ports of entry.

–Stephanie IP

10 deaths reported on Tuesday, care outbreaks drop despite five new ones

British Columbia reported 10 more deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday after a rare report a day earlier with none.

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This brings the death toll to 2,883 since the start of the pandemic.

Some 442 new cases of the viral illness have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, although that number only reflects testing of those who are symptomatic or clinically vulnerable.

Those who suspect they have COVID-19 but only have mild symptoms and have no other risk factors are asked to self-isolate but not get tested.

Five new outbreaks were reported in long-term and acute care, including Mission Memorial Hospital at Fraser Health, Gillis House at Interior Health and Berwick House Gordon Head, The Heights at Mt. View and Greenwoods, all at Island Health.

However, the British Columbia Ministry of Health said another 11 outbreaks in the province have been declared over, bringing the active number down to 21.

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—Joseph Ruttle

Interior Health moves to pharmacy and in-clinic vaccination

As vaccination rates reach new highs, Interior Health is ending its mass vaccination clinics and shifting the campaign to pharmacies and IH-run health centers.

Appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks will gradually shift from large clinics to Interior Health pharmacies and health centers.

Anyone who has not received a vaccine, booster or pediatric vaccine (for children 5 to 11 years old) can continue to make an appointment as before. Pediatric vaccines will be administered at IH clinics while those 12 and older can go to a pharmacy in their community. More than 90 pharmacies are part of the program in the health region

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Regular and pop-up clinics will continue in some rural and remote communities where access to pharmacies is limited.

—Joseph Ruttle

Nerve damage may explain some long COVID cases: US study

A small study of patients with persistent symptoms long after an episode of COVID-19 found nearly 60% had nerve damage likely caused by a faulty immune response, a finding that could point to new treatments, researchers reported Tuesday. Americans.

The study involved in-depth examinations of 17 people with so-called long COVID, a condition that occurs within three months of a COVID-19 infection and lasts for at least two months.

—Reuters



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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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