B-C reported four new deaths from COVID-BC yesterday, all in the Northern Health authority. The province also reported 715 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of four-thousand-965 active infections. The vaccination rate has reached 89.4 per cent for a first shot, while 83.8 per cent of those eligible are now fully vaccinated. The Fraser Health authority reported the most new cases, at 285
- Fraser Health: 281 new cases, 2,051 total active cases
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 61 new cases, 693 total active cases
- Interior Health: 88 new cases, 778 total active cases
- Northern Health: 130 new cases, 980 total active cases
- Island Health: 89 new cases, 545 total active cases
- Outside of Canada: No new cases, 59 total active cases
There have been 13 COVID-19-related deaths over the past 24 hours, for a total of 2,109 deaths in BC. This includes two in Fraser Health, three in Vancouver Coastal Health, three in Interior Health, three in Northern Health, and two in Island Health. From October 14 to 20, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 65.2% of cases and from October 7 to 20, they accounted for 77.0% of hospitalizations.Past week cases (October 14 to 20) – Total 4,480
- Not vaccinated: 2,584 (57.7%)
- Partially vaccinated: 338 (7.5%)
- Fully vaccinated: 1,558 (34.8%)
Past two weeks cases hospitalized (October 7 to 20) – Total 452
- Not vaccinated: 322 (71.2%)
- Partially vaccinated: 26 (5.8%)
- Fully vaccinated: 104 (23%)
Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (October 14 to 20)
- Not vaccinated: 311.3
- Partially vaccinated: 99.5
- Fully vaccinated: 36.7
Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (October 7 to 20)
- Not vaccinated: 55.7
- Partially vaccinated: 11.5
- Fully vaccinated: 2.3
To date, 89.4% of all eligible people 12 and over have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; 83.9% have received their second dose.
A Surrey woman has lost a bid to overturn her second-degree murder conviction in the smothering death of her eight-year-old daughter. Lawyers for Lisa Batstone argued the judge at her trial did not give adequate weight to her mental health issues and was wrong to find she had the intent to kill her daughter Teagan in 2014. They had argued for a manslaughter conviction, but a three-judge panel of the B-C Court of Appeal unanimously upheld the lower court decision. The appeal justices ruled the trial judge did make three errors in her decision but none impacted the conclusion that Batstone had the “requisite intent” to be convicted of second-degree murder.
Vancouver police have released surveillance photos of a suspect accused of tossing a cup of hot coffee at a staff member at a Downtown Eastside coffee shop earlier this week. Constable Tania Visintin says the incident is being reviewed to determine if elements of hate, prejudice or bias were factors in the assault. She says surveillance footage shows a female employee handing a coffee to a young woman at a Tim Hortons outlet on Wednesday morning — who then throws it into the victim’s face. Visintin says it’s extremely fortunate that the employee was not seriously injured. (The Canadian Press)
Delta Police say a 60-year-old pedestrian has been killed after being hit by a car just before 7 a-m this morning. Police say the collision occurred as the woman from Vancouver was crossing the road while it was dark and raining. The driver remained on scene and is co-operating with the investigation. Police warn risks for pedestrians increase with dark and inclement weather and say pedestrian high visibility reflectors are now available for free at all Delta Community Police Offices.
Eleven people who had severe allergic reactions to their first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine can still safely get a second dose. That’s coming from Canada’s vaccine advisory committee. Out of roughly 58-million doses administered, there have been 419 reports of anaphylactic reactions to mRNA vaccines in Canada as of October 15th. The committee says for those who had a severe reaction to an mRNA vaccine, studies show the reaction often is not repeated with the second dose, however an allergist should be consulted.
A hepatitis A vaccination clinic is being held today at the Whistler Community Health Centre because diners could have been exposed to the virus at a Whistler restaurant earlier this month. Vancouver Coastal Health says today’s walk-in clinic _ and another in the same place tomorrow _ come after it determined anyone who visited Splitz Grill in Whistler Village on October 9th between noon and 6 p-m might have been exposed. The health authority says the risk of transmission remains low but anyone who consumed food at Splitz Grill during that period _ and who has not had hepatitis A or been vaccinated against it _ should get immunized. Hepatitis A is a virus that affects the liver and symptoms usually develop after two weeks and can include fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss and fever.
Fraser Health says it is pleased a B-C Supreme Court judge has granted an injunction forcing a restaurant in Hope to abide by COVID-19 closure orders. The health authority issued the statement in the hours after the injunction against Rolly’s restaurant was approved yesterday afternoon. The restaurant’s owners had been refusing to check customers’ vaccine documents and continued to operate despite cancellation of the eatery’s liquor and business licenses earlier this month. Fraser Health says the court ruling ensures it is able to protect the health and wellness of people in its communities.