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Reporter @GlobalBC at BC Legislature. Co-wrote @matofconfidence w/ @robshaw_bc. richard.zussman@globalnews.ca
27 May
NEW - British Columbia is moving COVID vaccine dose interval to 8 weeks, down from 13 weeks. #bcpoli
Dr. Bonnie Henry says the booster dose is crucial and builds on anti-bodies. "It provides more durable protection." #bcpoli
About 400,000 people will get invites today to book. #bcpoli
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26 May
NEW - There are 250 new cases of COVID in BC, including one epi-linked case, for a total of 142,886 cases in British Columbia.

Fewest new cases since October 29.
Lowest 7-day rolling average (327) since November 4.
Fewest active cases since November 5.
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There are 3,580 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and a further 137,517 people who tested positive have recovered. #bcpoli
There are 296 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 97 of whom are in intensive care. #bcpoli
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25 May
NEW - There are 289 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, including four epi-linked cases, for a total of 142,636 cases in British Columbia. #bcpoli
There are 3,782 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. A further 137,062 people who tested positive have recovered. #bcpoli
There are 301 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 93 of whom are in intensive care. #bcpoli
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25 May
Questions begin. First question is about one doses vs. two doses as measuring stick. Dr. Henry says different strains of virus is being watched very carefully. The province is watching variant spread carefully and techniques to cut transmission work against all strains. #bcpoli
On vaccine passports, Dr. Henry says work has been done with Ombudsman about how this could work. The province is worried about inequities for services and public access. Will be necessary for international travel. #bcpoli
Dr. Henry says she does not see vaccine passports for anything in BC. #bcpoli
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25 May
BREAKING - Here is BC's restart plan. There are a lot of details. BC wide travel encouraged by June 15 and no restrictions on social gatherings in your home by July 1. All based on keeping cases down and vaccines up. #bcpoli Image
This is what you need to know.
Starting today you can eat indoors with up to 6 people at a table. It does not have to be people in your same household. #bcpoli
Youth sports are back to games. So are adult rec sports. They can play games starting today OUTDOORS. #bcpoli
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28 Apr
NEW - There are 841 new cases of COVID-19, including six epi-linked cases, for a total of 127,889 cases in British Columbia. #bcpoli
There are 8,009 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 11,657 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 118,057 people who tested positive have recovered. #bcpoli
NEW - Hospitalizations are going up again in BC.
There are 515 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 171 of whom are in intensive care. #bcpoli
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28 Apr
Health Minister Adrian Dix says more than 40,000 immunizations were done yesterday. Says 138,000 Pfizer doses have received. #bcpoli
Dix says over the next week in the aged base program those 58+ will receive notification to book tonight. Says Pfizer will double next week. By Monday the age invitations will speed up. #bcpoli
Dix says 'get registered'. "Anyone right now who hasn't registered that is 59 and above can register and book right away." #bcpoli
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27 Apr
NEW - There are 799 new cases of COVID-19 in BC. There have been 127,048 total cases in the province. #bcpoli
There are 500 people in hospital with COVID, including 164 in ICU. #bcpoli
NEW - There have been ZERO COVID deaths in the past 24 hours in BC. There have been 1,571 deaths in BC from the virus. #bcpoli
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27 Apr
Health Minister Adrian Dix providing an update now. Says so far 1,671,128 doses of vaccine have been administered in BC. In total 1,581,671 people have received at least one dose. #bcpoli
Dix says 80,000 Pfizer doses have now arrived in BC. The province was down to around 20,000 doses at the end of the day yesterday. #bcpoli
Dix says more Moderna is expected both at the end of the week and in May. #bcpoli
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27 Apr
Questions for John Horgan beginning now. First is on paid sick days and what BC is looking at. Horgan says the province has been working on a national paid sick day program and first brought up a year ago. "At the time there was no appetite." #bcpoli
Horgan says BC was disappointed there was no money in federal budget. Horgan says work is underway and 'there will be more to come in the coming days'. #bcpoli
On travel restrictions and tying them into inter provincial flights, Horgan says 'jurisdiction matters not to the people of BC'. Says the federal program has not met the test. #bcpoli
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26 Apr
NEW - There are 2491 new cases of COVID-19. This includes 881 cases Fri to Sat, 847 cases Sat to Sun and 763 Sun to Mon. There have been a total of 126,249 cases of COVID in BC. #bcpoli
NEW - There have been 17 deaths in the last three days. In total 1,571 people have died from COVID in BC. There are 484 people in hospital, down 2. There are 158 people in ICU, down 2. #bcpoli
These are the deaths by age over the last 3 days.
2 over 90
7 80 to 89
5 70 to 79
2 60 to 69
1 50 to 59
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15 Apr
Health Minister Adrian Dix is going now. Says BC is down to 30,000 doses of Moderna. Says BC is up to date on Pfizer. Says yesterday was a record day for immunizations in the province. #bcpoli
Dix says province wide the critical care capacity for base beds is at 80.5%. #bcpoli
On school data being before variants took hold and transmissibility, Dr. Henry says variants were part of the equation around Fraser Health review. Says province did high testing during variant exposures and did not see increased transmission. #bcpoli
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15 Apr
NEW - There are 1,205 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. There are 116,075 total cases of COVID in the province. #bcpoli
New cases by health authority
301 Coastal
730 Fraser
38 Island
69 Interior
66 people Northern
1 outside Canada
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NEW - British Columbia has a record 409 people in hospital with COVID-19. There are 125 people in ICU. #bcpoli
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14 Apr
NEW - There are 1,168 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, for a total of 114,870 cases in British Columbia. The 7 day average is at 1,126. #bcpoli
NEW - A record high 397 people are in hospital in BC with COVID-19. There are 120 people in intensive care. #bcpoli
There are 9,821 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 16,304 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 103,360 people who tested positive have recovered. #bcpoli
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14 Apr
NEW - Health Minister Adrian Dix says no final decision has been made on how long provincial health orders will be extended, but they are expected to formally be extended. #bcpoli
Dix say hospitalization numbers continue to climb. But there has been no further cancellation of surgeries. Says assessments are being made daily based on human resource issues. #bcpoli
Dix says 104,000 people have have received AstraZeneca across the province. #bcpoli
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14 Apr
Dr. Bonnie Henry says she is supportive of the province's request for a federal exemption from Health Canada to decriminalize personal possession. Says she is happy it is a province wide approach. #bcpoli
Dr. Shannon McDonald says there needs to be a better understanding of 'grief moments' impacting First Nations people. Says a call for decrim is a start 'but there is a lot more work needed'. #bcpoli
On call for a federal overdose emergency, Dr. Henry says it would be helpful to have federal leadership and have tools needed to address this especially for young people. "I call of them to raise the profile on this." #bcpoli
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13 Apr
NEW - There are 873 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 113,702 cases in British Columbia. Due to a delay in the Public Health Reporting Data Warehouse (PHRDW) lab system, these numbers are preliminary and may be adjusted once confirmed with PHRDW data. #bcpoli
There are 9,756 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 16,290 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 102,268 people who tested positive have recovered. #bcpoli
NEW - There are 377 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 116 of whom are in intensive care. #bcpoli
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13 Apr
NEW - Premier John Horgan is announcing youth employment program. Horgan says biggest challenge is for young people to get experience. Says will help 5,000 young people to get practical, in workplace experience. #bcpoli
Brittny Anderson says she is looking forward to working with youth in the province. She is the youngest MLA in the legislature. #bcpoli
On circuit breaker and whether it will be extended, Horgan says there will be a briefing on Thursday. Health Minister Adrian Dix already said the measures would be extended. #bcpoli
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13 Apr
Health Minister Adrian Dix scrumming in Victoria now. Starts with a good afternoon. Then realizes it is actually the morning and say good morning. #bcpoli
First question on whether the province will explain which communities are in a hot spot and will get vaccine. Dix says the primary approach continues to be the age based approach. #bcpoli
Dix says BC is encouraging everyone 55+ to register for vaccine. Says some of the Moderna/Pfizer will be used for hot spots. Says Howe Sound had one of the highest levels of transmission. "This is the most effective way to distribute vaccine." #bcpoli
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6 Apr
NEW - There are 1068 new cases of COVID-19 in BC. For a total of 105,129 total cases. #bcpoli
492 of the new cases are in Fraser Health. #bcpoli
NEW - There have been 3 new COVID deaths in BC, for a total of 1,489 deaths. There are 328 people in hospital, of which 96 are in ICU. #bcpoli
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5 Apr
NEW - From April 3 to 4, we had 999 cases, and in the last 24-hours, we had a further 890 cases for a two-day total of 1,889 new cases. #bcpoli
These periods are in addition to April 1 to 2, when BC reported 1,018 cases, and April 2 and 3, when BC reported 1,072 cases. Those figures were provisional and have since been confirmed as 1,074 cases over April 1 to 2 and 1,077 cases over April 2 to 3. #bcpoli
There was a four-day case count of 4,040 new cases, for a total of 104,061 cases in British Columbia to date. #bcpoli
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