COVID-19 update for Feb. 24: Here’s the latest on coronavirus in B.C.

Linda Rider

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Feb. 24, 2022.

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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

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 subscribing to our newsletter here.


B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

Here are the latest figures given on Feb. 24:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 346,793
• New cases: 597
• Total deaths: 2,840 (nine new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 612
• Intensive care: 102
• Total vaccinations: 4,513,956 received first dose (90.6% of eligible pop. 5+); 4,287,016 second doses (86%); 2,555,669 third doses (55.1% of adults)
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 29

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IN-DEPTH: Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

• COVID-19: B.C.’s vaccine passport is here and this is how it works

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

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

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

COVID-19 test positive rate in Northern Health tops 25 per cent

More than a quarter of all people taking COVID-19 PCR tests in the Northern Health region are reporting positive, compared to just four per cent in Vancouver Coastal Health, according to latest data.

The seven-day average for Northern Health on Feb. 23 was 25.7 per cent after peaking at 31.2 per cent on Feb. 9.

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This means that for every 100 laboratory tests done in the Northern Health region 26 are coming back positive.

By contrast, on Feb. 23 the seven-day average in Vancouver Coastal Health was four per cent after peaking at 20.8 per cent on Jan. 4.

On Feb. 23 the test positive rate in Fraser Health — that is B.C.’s largest health region — was 6.6 per cent.

Interior Health was 17.2 per cent and Vancouver Island Health was 20.6 per cent.

Fewer than 700 people receive a first dose of vaccine on Wednesday

The B.C. Ministry of Health says 672 people received a first dose of vaccine on Wednesday, bringing that total to 90.6 per cent of British Columbians aged five and up.

Latest data shows 6,459 people got a third booster shot on the same day, while 2,650 people got a second dose.

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There were 597 new cases of COVID-19 identified through PCR testing over the past day, which is not an accurate reflection of cases because of limited testing.

The number of people in hospital because of, or with, COVID-19 continues to fall and is now at 612 — with 102 of those cases in intensive care.

Nine people died from the disease over the past day and there are 29 active outbreaks in health care facilities.

B.C. doctor gets misconduct warning over ‘misleading’ social media posts

A disciplinary panel will hold a hearing about alleged misconduct by a B.C. doctor after he made “misleading, incorrect or inflammatory” statements about COVID-19 on social media.

The B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons has issued a citation for Charles Douglas Hoffe, a family doctor who practises in and around Lytton and Kamloops.

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The college alleges Hoffe’s online comments contravened the standards of the Health Professions Act including the Canadian Medical Association’s code of ethics and professionalism.

Among the wrong or inflammatory statements Hoffe is alleged to have published online around April 2021 include that “ivermectin is an advisable treatment for COVID-19” and that “the public obtain ivermectin from animal feed stores.”

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—Joseph Ruttle

Some violation tickets dropped in B.C., many more go unpaid

While about 2,700 tickets totalling almost $2 million have been issued, ICBC says only 736 have been paid. About 390 tickets have been cancelled, withdrawn, determined “not guilty” or remain in progress, with 417 more in dispute.

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Crown prosecutors recently stayed 25 tickets totalling almost $58,000 issued to representatives of four B.C. churches accused of contravening COVID-19-related public health orders last winter.

Simon Fraser University criminologist Robert Gordon speculated more tickets could be stayed if Crown decides it is no longer in the public interest to pursue them as B.C. moves from “pandemic to endemic.”

“It is not unusual for certain changes in the law to be preceded by withdrawal of charges,” he said, pointing to various cannabis-related charges that were stayed in advance of legalization. “Crown may indirectly follow the direction of political decisions.”

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—Glenda Luymes

COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to fall in B.C.

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The number of people in B.C. hospitals either because of COVID-19 or admitted for another reason but with the disease continues to fall.

According to B.C. Ministry of Health data released on Wednesday, there were 653 people in hospital because of or with COVID-19, of which 108 were in intensive case. These numbers have been falling for the past two weeks as the disease levels off in the province.

One person was reported to have died over the past day, bringing that total to 2,831.

There are 29 active outbreaks in health care facilities, a number that is also falling. The percentage of people testing positive to a PCR test is now less than 10 per cent, since peaking at 24 per cent in early January. There were 6,647 PCR tests administered on Tuesday.

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Free rapid tests to be distributed in B.C. through pharmacies

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix says free COVID-19 rapid tests will begin to be made available through pharmacies on Friday.

Dix said people aged 70 and over would be able to get a free five-pack through select pharmacies, and that the age group would be lowered over the next few weeks to make them available to all British Columbians within a month.

Dix said the number of pharmacies distributing the test kits would grow rapidly over the next few weeks.

Pharmacies distributing the kits can be found at the B.C. Pharmacy Association website.



DEATHS BY HEALTH AUTHORITY


WHAT’S HAPPENING ACROSS CANADA


LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

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

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health — Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. — Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre 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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