2023-03-02 BC

Vaccines

Confirming what I said last week, this press release from the Ministry of Health says that the infant Moderna they have on hand will expire on March 8. They say they expect to get more somewhere around 11 April. HOWEVER, unlike what I told you last week, BC says that you can substitute Pfizer for Moderna. However, because Pfizer is a three-shot series, your kid will need to get two more Pfizer shots to substitute for their second Moderna shot.

Mitigation Measures

This article says that the ferry between Anacortes WA and Sidney BC (which was run by Washington State Ferries) won’t be restarting until at least 2030. It stopped because of COVID-19, and isn’t getting restarted because of staffing shortages and some older boats getting retired.

Assholes

This article says that an anti-COVID protestor who assaulted a journalist has been arrested and charged. Good.

Statistics

As of today, the BC CDC weekly report said that in the week ending on 25 Feb there were: +405 reported cases, +93 hospital admissions, +22 ICU admissions, +11 thirty-day all-cause deaths*.

As of today, the weekly report said that the previous week (data through 18 Feb) there were: +356 reported cases, +131 hospital admissions, +29 ICU admissions, +33 all-cause deaths*.

As of last week, the BC CDC weekly report said that in the week ending on 18 Feb there were: +356 reported cases, +95 hospital admissions, +25 ICU admissions, +22 thirty-day all-cause deaths*.

As of last week, the weekly report said that the previous week (data through 11 Feb) there were: +341 reported cases, +107 hospital admissions, +25 ICU admissions, +22 all-cause deaths*.

*All-cause deaths in people who had a positive COVID-19 test in the prior 30 days, that is.

The BC CDC weekly report says that there are 240 in hospital / 17 in ICU as of 2 Mar 2023.

Charts

From the BC CDC Situation Report page as of 2 March (with data through 12 Feb):


From the BC CDC VoC report of 2 March (with data through 12 Feb):

I’m a little surprised at XBB.1.5 – it doesn’t really look like exponential growth to me.


From the BC CDC Vaccination Coverage report as of 2 Mar (with data through 26 Feb):


Wastewater levels per capita from the Province‚Äôs wastewater page as of 2 Mar with data through 18 Feb: