March 8 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 8, 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 7:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 350,941
• New cases: 997 (385/327/285)
• Total number of deaths: 2,914 (11 reported in the last 24 hours)
• Hospitalized cases: 449
• Intensive care: 63
• Total vaccinations: 4,520,196 received the first dose (90.7% of the eligible population aged 5 and over); 4,311,761 second doses (86.5%); 2,605,260 third doses (56.2% of those aged 12 and over)
• Long-term care homes and assisted living facilities, and acute care facilities currently affected: 17

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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.

COVID cases in hospital continue to drop in British Columbia

On Monday, 63 cases of COVID-19 were reported in intensive care units in British Columbia hospitals, as hospitalizations continue to decline. There are now 449 people hospitalized either with COVID-19 or because of the disease. This number has been declining for a month as the impact of the pandemic on the healthcare system diminishes.

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British Columbia has reported 997 new cases of the disease in the past three days. However, this is based on very limited testing, with fewer than 3,300 PCR tests carried out on Sunday – well below the capacity of 20,000 per day.

The number of active health care outbreaks has risen from 20 to 17. Eleven people have died from the disease in the past three days, bringing the total to 2,914.

The average age of COVID-19 deaths in British Columbia is 85, and most of those who die have other health conditions that weaken them.

Banks only told to freeze accounts of ‘Freedom Convoy’ protesters in Ottawa, and after most were warned: RCMP

Two senior RCMP officials said they only asked the banks to freeze the accounts of people and organizations who were actually participating in the so-called “Freedom Convoy” protests in Ottawa, and only after officers called the most protesters targeted to warn them.

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Testifying before the House of Commons Finance Committee on Monday, two RCMP officials told MPs that the main purpose of having the power to freeze bank accounts was to get convoy ‘influencers and leaders’ to leave Ottawa before a police intervention is necessary.

But they could not say how many of them had actually left because of this threat.

“The goal of using these tools was to ensure people leave downtown Ottawa as peacefully as possible,” said Supt. Denis Beaudoin, Director of the Financial Crimes Division of the RCMP.

The Liberal government invoked the Emergencies Act on February 15 in response to protests against the vaccine mandate that have congested the streets around Parliament Hill in Ottawa for a month. The powers lasted until the government revoked them on February 23.

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Order in place requiring BC healthcare professionals to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status

The provincial health officer has issued a new provincial health order requiring health professionals to declare their vaccination status – and that status must be fully vaccinated unless they have a special exemption.

Dr. Bonnie Henry announced in early 2022 that all medical professionals would need to be vaccinated to work, but it’s official now that the order is posted.

According to a statement released late Monday, Henry notified colleges regulating healthcare professionals on March 4 that the order was expected to be issued shortly.

“Under the order, enrollees for whom vaccination status is not found must provide vaccination records to their college by March 31, 2022. Colleges will be required to disclose information about the vaccination status of their registrants at the request of the OPS or medical officers of health,” the statement read.

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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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