2021-10-20 BC

Labour This article says that LifeLabs is going to strike. This tweet says that Minister Dix says that LifeLab is probably going to be declared an essential service, so won’t be significantly disrupted. Coverage This article says that BC had been denying COVID-19 coverage to people who had just moved to the province, but has… Continue reading 2021-10-20 BC

2021-10-19 BC

Long Term Care Homes This article says that the province has seized all the assets of Little Mountain Place Care Home (site of the worst LTCH outbreak) and its two sister LTCHs. Influenza Season Opener One way to reduce the pandemic burden is to not increase hospitals’ burden with influenza (and to not burden COVID-19… Continue reading 2021-10-19 BC

2021-10-15 BC

Transparency This article says that a news organization has been trying to get information about hospital outbreaks, but has been stonewalled in various ways. Mitigation Measures This article says that there is a new Order telling health care providers in private practice they will have to get vaccinated, but it doesn’t give a due date.… Continue reading 2021-10-15 BC

2021-10-14 BC

Mitigation Measures Dr. H announced new restrictions for Northern Health, which is kind of in the shitter: Indoor personal gatherings are limited to your household plus 5 visitors or one other household, and all must be fully vaxxed. Outdoor personal gatherings are limited to 50 fully vaxxed people. A COVID-19 safety plan is required for:… Continue reading 2021-10-14 BC

2021-10-01 BC

Assholes This article says that three men were arrested for not only not wearing masks on BC Ferries, but threatening to fight other passengers who asked them to wear masks. Transmission This study in BC covering 13 September 2020 through 19 Feb 2021 says public health orders caused an immediate drop in contact rates and,… Continue reading 2021-10-01 BC

2021-09-30 BC

NB: Data is reduced today because of Truth and Reconciliation Day. Tomorrow should have full data again. Mitigation Measures This article says that a BC judge threw out the case where the owner of three Stanley Park restaurants tried to reverse changing a car road into a bike road. Statistics +749 cases, +9 deaths, +5,675… Continue reading 2021-09-30 BC

2021-09-29 BC

Data Summary A new BC CDC Data Summary was released yesterday. Our death rates are surprisingly high, and I wondered who was dying. It’s vaccinated really old people: Note that there aren’t very many unvaccinated old people. Case counts in young children are going up: They say that the cases started rising before school opened,… Continue reading 2021-09-29 BC

2021-09-28 BC

Mitigation Methods This article says that TransLink is going to put copper — which is an anti-microbial — on a lot of high-touch surfaces as part of a pilot program. This article says that the province has announced restrictions for the eastern Fraser Valley in response to surging cases there. The province also said that… Continue reading 2021-09-28 BC

2021-09-25/26/27 BC

Mitigation Measures Apparently there has been a cap, instituted because COVID-19, on the fees that delivery services are allowed to charge restaurants: 15% on deliveries and 5% on related administration (like web sites, credit card processing, etc.) The province has now extended that cap until 31 Dec. The dude who got busted for setting up… Continue reading 2021-09-25/26/27 BC

2021-09-22 BC

Schools This article says that according to a parent-run Facebook page called BC School COVID Tracker, there have been at least 183 exposures at 117 B.C. schools and child-care facilities over the last three weeks. This article says an elementary school in Chiliwack has suspended in-person classes and gone to virtual because of rising case… Continue reading 2021-09-22 BC