B.C. increasing vaccine workforce as province data 559 new COVID-19 circumstances | CBC Information

British Columbia is increasing its vaccine workforce, well being officers mentioned Tuesday, because the province marked 559 new circumstances of COVID-19 and one extra dying.

Provincial Well being Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry mentioned at a information convention she has issued a public well being order increasing the variety of well being professions in a position to manage a COVID-19 vaccine.

Dentists, midwives, pharmacy technicians and retired nurses at the moment are amongst those that can be part of the vaccination work pressure over the subsequent six months.

Henry mentioned no further deaths had been recorded in long-term care houses — a mirrored image of the success of vaccinations in these settings.

“I feel it’s a second to replicate, as we begin to obtain elevated provides of immunization merchandise, that now we have delivered all the vaccines as they’ve arrived,” she mentioned. 

Henry mentioned the province will announce plans Monday on the vaccine rollout for individuals above the age of 80. Communication with seniors shall be by means of postcards, home-care companies, specialty clinics and thru impartial residing services, mentioned Henry.

A complete of 1,336 individuals in B.C. have misplaced their lives resulting from COVID-19 for the reason that pandemic started. Henry and Well being Minister Adrian Dix say there are 238 individuals at present in hospital, with 68 in intensive care.

There are 4,677 lively circumstances of coronavirus within the province, with 12 lively outbreaks in long-term care services and 5 in acute care items of hospitals.

“We’re in a interval of vaccine hope and pandemic actuality,” mentioned Henry, including it is “regarding” to see the share of constructive circumstances and seven-day averages growing within the Decrease Mainland. 

The province can be seeing coronavirus variants enter the group. B.C. is at present screening 70 per cent of constructive exams for the variants.

“For the reason that starting of February, after we prolonged orders, a part of the rationale to do this is as a result of we did not know what number of variants we had been  seeing,” she mentioned. 

The variety of new circumstances reported every day in B.C. has additionally been on an upward development in latest weeks, to the purpose the place the variety of lively circumstances and the seven-day rolling common of recent circumstances are at their highest in a month. 

Officers mentioned in a press release Monday the take a look at positivity charge is climbing, hitting 6.8 per cent provincewide on Sunday. Within the Northern Well being area, 12.9 per cent of exams got here again constructive.

On Monday, Deputy Provincial Well being Officer Dr. Reka Gustafson and Training Minister Jennifer Whiteside addressed the invention of the faster-spreading variant first reported within the U.Ok. in circumstances at seven faculties in Surrey and Delta.

They mentioned at a information convention there was no proof to this point that the variants had been transmitted inside these faculties. As of Monday, there have been 101 confirmed circumstances of variants in B.C.

CBC British Columbia is internet hosting a city corridor on March 10 to reply your COVID-19 vaccine questions. 

Yow will discover the main points at cbc.ca/ourshot, in addition to alternatives to take part in two group conversations on March 3, centered on outreach to Indigenous and multicultural communities. 

Have a query concerning the vaccine, or the rollout plan in B.C.? E-mail us: bcasks@cbc.ca

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