COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia

The COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia forms part of an ongoing worldwide viral pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a novel infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). On January 28, 2020, British Columbia became the second province to confirm a case of COVID-19 in Canada.[2] The first case of infection involved a patient who had recently returned from Wuhan, Hubei, China.[3] The first case of community transmission in Canada was confirmed in British Columbia on March 5, 2020.[4]

COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationBritish Columbia, Canada
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseVancouver
Arrival dateJanuary 28, 2020
(11 months, 2 weeks and 5 days)
Confirmed cases60,117[1]
Active cases4,604
(5,955 minus 1,351)
(10% of total cases)[1]
Recovered53,115[1]
Deaths
1,047[1]
Fatality rate1.74%
Government website
BC Centre for Disease Control

British Columbians have taken numerous emergency measures in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus, such as social distancing and self-isolation. On March 23, British Columbian Premier John Horgan announced the details of the province-wide emergency relief plan, which includes income support, tax relief and direct funding in order to mitigate economic effects of the pandemic.[5]

ManagementEdit

A public health emergency was declared in the province on March 17.[6] On March 18, BC Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth declared a province-wide state of emergency.[7] Several municipalities in the Metro Vancouver Regional District have declared local states of emergency, including Vancouver, New Westminster, Delta, Surrey, and Richmond.[8]

On March 19, the BC Housing Management Commission placed a moratorium on evictions from government subsidized housing.[8]

British Columbia provided an online self assessment tool for those who are concerned they may be infected.[9] First responders such as police and firefighters have begun to ask screening questions about COVID-19 symptoms prior to attendance, and may wear additional personal protective equipment upon attendance to residences.[10]

ClosuresEdit

Gatherings of over 50 people have been banned, and bars and nightclubs have been ordered to close.[11] Restaurants and cafes were initially permitted to remain open as long as staff were able to maintain physical distance from customers. However, on March 20, provincial health officer Bonnie Henry ordered the closure of all dine-in establishments.[12] On March 21, she ordered all personal service establishments, such as day spas, hair and beauty salons, and tattoo parlours, to close for the foreseeable future.[13] Many cities have closed public playgrounds, including Vancouver,[14] Delta,[15] Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody.[16]

Numerous businesses have voluntarily reduced operating hours or closed physical locations. Many have moved operations to phone and internet.[17][8]

TimelineEdit

COVID-19 cases in British Columbia, Canada  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
Date
# of cases
# of recoveries
2020-01-28 1(n.a.)
1(=)
2020-02-04 2(+100%) 1(n.a.)
2020-02-05 2(=) 1(=)
2020-02-06
4(+100%) 4(+300%)
4(=) 4(=)
2020-02-14
5(+25%) 4(=)
5(=) 4(=)
2020-02-20
6(+20%) 4(=)
6(=) 4(=)
2020-02-24
7(+17%) 4(=)
7(=) 4(=)
2020-03-02
8(+14%) 4(=)
2020-03-03
12(+50%) 4(=)
2020-03-04
13(+8.3%) 4(=)
13(=) 4(=)
2020-03-06
21(+62%) 4(=)
2020-03-07
27(+29%) 4(=)
2020-03-08
27(=) 4(=)
2020-03-09
32(+19%) 4(=)
2020-03-10
39(+22%) 4(=)
2020-03-11
46(+18%) 4(=)
2020-03-12
53(+15%) 4(=)
2020-03-13
64(+21%) 4(=)
2020-03-14
73(+14%) 4(=)
2020-03-15
73(=) 4(=)
2020-03-16
103(+41%) 5(+25%)
2020-03-17
186(+81%) 5(=)
2020-03-18
231(+24%) 5(=)
2020-03-19
271(+17%) 5(=)
2020-03-20
348(+28%) 6(+20%)
2020-03-21
424(+22%) 6(=)
2020-03-22
472(+11%) 6(=)
2020-03-23
539(+14%) 100(+1567%)
2020-03-24
617(+14%) 173(+73%)
2020-03-25
659(+6.8%) 183(+5.8%)
2020-03-26
725(+10%) 186(+1.6%)
2020-03-27
792(+9.2%) 275(+48%)
2020-03-28
884(+12%) 396(+44%)
2020-03-29
900(+1.8%) 396(=)
2020-03-30
970(+7.8%) 469(+18%)
2020-03-31
1,013(+4.4%) 507(+8.1%)
2020-04-01
1,066(+5.2%) 606(+20%)
2020-04-02
1,121(+5.2%) 641(+5.8%)
2020-04-03
1,174(+4.7%) 673(+5.0%)
2020-04-04
1,203(+2.5%) 704(+4.6%)
2020-04-05
1,229(+2.2%) 704(=)
2020-04-06
1,266(+3.0%) 783(+11%)
2020-04-07
1,291(+2.0%) 805(+2.8%)
2020-04-08
1,336(+3.5%) 838(+4.1%)
2020-04-09
1,370(+2.5%) 858(+2.4%)
2020-04-10
1,410(+2.9%) 879(+2.4%)
2020-04-11
1,445(+2.5%) 905(+3.0%)
2020-04-12
1,470(+1.7%) 905(=)
2020-04-13
1,490(+1.4%) 926(+2.3%)
2020-04-14
1,517(+1.8%) 942(+1.7%)
2020-04-15
1,561(+2.9%) 955(+1.4%)
2020-04-16
1,575(+0.9%) 983(+2.9%)
2020-04-17
1,618(+2.7%) 966(−1.7%[i])
2020-04-18
1,647(+1.8%) 987(+2.2%)
2020-04-19
1,676(+1.8%) 987(=)
2020-04-20
1,699(+1.4%) 1,039(+5.3%)
2020-04-21
1,724(+1.4%) 1,041(+0.2%)
2020-04-22
1,795(+4.1%) 1,079(+3.7%)
2020-04-23
1,824(+1.6%) 1,092(+1.2%)
2020-04-24
1,853(+1.6%) 1,114(+2.0%)
2020-04-25
1,948(+5.1%) 1,137(+2.0%)
2020-04-26
1,987(+2.0%) 1,137(=)
2020-04-27
1,998(+0.6%) 1,190(+4.7%)
2020-04-28
2,053(+2.6%) 1,231(+3.4%)
2020-04-29
2,087(+1.7%) 1,305(+6.0%)
2020-04-30
2,112(+1.2%) 1,322(+1.3%)
2020-05-01
2,145(+1.5%) 1,357(+2.6%)
2020-05-02
2,171(+1.2%) 1,376(+1.4%)
2020-05-03
2,205(+1.6%) 1,376(=)
2020-05-04
2,224(+0.9%) 1,417(+3.0%)
2020-05-05
2,232(+0.4%) 1,472(+3.7%)
2020-05-06
2,255(+1.0%) 1,494(+1.5%)
2020-05-07
2,286(+1.4%) 1,512(+1.2%)
2020-05-08
2,315(+1.3%) 1,579(+4.4%)
2020-05-09
2,330(+0.6%) 1,659(+5.1%)
2020-05-10
2,339(+0.4%) 1,659(=)
2020-05-11
2,353(+0.6%) 1,719(+3.6%)
2020-05-12
2,360(+0.3%) 1,832(+6.5%)
2020-05-13
2,376(+0.7%) 1,859(+1.5%)
2020-05-14
2,392(+0.7%[ii]) 1,885(+1.4%)
2020-05-15
2,407(+0.6%) 1,908(+1.4%)
2020-05-16
2,428(+0.9%) 1,932(+1.3%)
2020-05-17
2,436(+0.3%) 1,932(=)
2020-05-18
2,444(+0.3%) 1,966(+1.7%)
2020-05-19
2,446(+0.1%) 1,975(+0.5%)
2020-05-20
2,467(+0.9%) 2,001(+1.3%)
2020-05-21
2,479(+0.5%) 2,020(+0.9%)
2020-05-22
2,507(+1.1%[iii]) 2,042(+1.1%)
2020-05-23
2,517(+0.4%) 2,057(+0.7%)
2020-05-24
2,523(+0.2%) 2,057(=)
2020-05-25
2,530(+0.3%) 2,102(+2.2%)
2020-05-26
2,541(+0.4%) 2,122(+1.0%)
2020-05-27
2,550(+0.4%) 2,144(+1.0%)
2020-05-28
2,558(+0.3%[iv]) 2,153(+0.4%)
2020-05-29
2,562(+0.2%) 2,170(+0.8%)
2020-05-30
2,573(+0.4%) 2,181(+0.5%)
2020-05-31
2,582(+0.3%) 2,181(=)
2020-06-01
2,597(+0.6%) 2,207(+1.2%)
2020-06-02
2,601(+0.2%) 2,229(+1.0%)
2020-06-03
2,623(+0.8%) 2,243(+0.6%)
2020-06-04
2,632(+0.3%[v]) 2,265(+1.0%)
2020-06-05
2,632(+0.04%[vi]) 2,272(+0.3%)
2020-06-05
2,632(+0.04%) 2,272(+0.3%)
2020-06-07
2,650(+0.7%) 2,272(=)
2020-06-08
2,659(+0.3%) 2,309(+1.6%)
2020-06-09
2,669(+0.3%) 2,319(+0.4%)
2020-06-10
2,680(+0.4%) 2,328(+0.4%)
2020-06-11
2,694(+0.5%[vii]) 2,344(+0.7%)
2020-06-12
2,709(+0.6%) 2,354(+0.4%)
2020-06-14
2,739(+1.1%) 2,354(=)
2020-06-15
2,745(+0.2%) 2,395(+1.7%)
2020-06-16
2,756(+0.4%) 2,416(+0.9%)
2020-06-17
2,775(+0.7%) 2,422(+0.2%)
2020-06-18
2,783(+1.4%) 2,425(+1.3%)
2020-06-19
2,790(+0.3%) 2,444(+0.8%)
2020-06-21
2,806(+0.6%) 2,444(=)
2020-06-22
2,822(+1.4%) 2,471(+1.9%)
2020-06-23
2,835(+0.5%) 2,491(+0.8%)
2020-06-24
2,849(+0.5%) 2,516(+1.0%)
2020-06-25
2,869(+1.7%) 2,517(+1.9%)
2020-06-26
2,878(+0.3%) 2,545(+1.1%)
2020-06-28
2,902(+0.8%) 2,545(=)
2020-06-29
2,904(+1.2%) 2,577(+2.4%)
2020-06-30
2,916(+0.4%) 2,590(+0.5%)
2020-07-01
2,931(+0.5%) 2,590(=)
2020-07-02
2,940(+1.2%) 2,603(+1.0%)
2020-07-03
2,947(+0.2%) 2,608(+0.2%)
2020-07-05
2,971(+0.8%) 2,609(=)
2020-07-06
2,978(+0.2%) 2,629(+1.0%)
2020-07-07
2,990(+0.4%) 2,645(+0.6%)
2020-07-08
3,008(+0.6%) 2,660(+0.6%)
2020-07-09
3,028(+0.7%) 2,667(+0.3%)
2020-07-10
3,053(+0.8%) 2,679(+0.5%)
2020-07-12
3,094(+1.3%) 2,679(=)
2020-07-13
3,115(+0.7%) 2,718(+1.5%)
2020-07-14
3,128(+0.4%) 2,730(+0.4%)
2020-07-15
3,149(+0.7%) 2,753(+0.8%)
2020-07-16
3,170(+0.7%[viii]) 2,789(+1.3%)
2020-07-17
3,198(+0.9%) 2,802(+0.5%)
2020-07-19
3,268(+2.2%) 2,802(=)
2020-07-20
3,300(+1.0%) 2,858(+2.0%)
2020-07-21
3,328(+0.8%) 2,873(+0.5%)
2020-07-22
3,362(+1.0%) 2,888(+0.2%)
2020-07-23
3,392(+0.9%) 2,898(+0.3%)
2020-07-24
3,419(+0.8%) 2,934(+1.2%)
2020-07-26
3,476(+1.7%) 2,934(=)
2020-07-27
3,500(+0.7%) 3,043(+3.7%)
2020-07-28
3,523(+0.7%) 3,076(+1.1%)
2020-07-29
3,562(+1.1%) 3,109(+1.0%)
2020-07-30
3,591(+0.8%) 3,155(+1.5%)
2020-07-31
3,641(+1.4%) 3,168(+0.4%)
2020-08-04
3,787(+4.0%) 3,273(+3.3%)
2020-08-05
3,834(+1.2%) 3,288(+0.5%)
2020-08-06
3,881(+1.2%) 3,315(+0.8%)
2020-08-07
3,934(+1.4%) 3,353(+1.1%)
2020-08-10
4,065(+3.3%) 3,425(+2.1%)
2020-08-11
4,111(+1.1%) 3,444(+0.6%)
2020-08-12
4,196(+2.1%) 3,469(+0.7%)
2020-08-13
4,274(+1.9%) 3,500(+0.9%)
2020-08-14
4,358(+2.0%) 3,533(+0.9%)
2020-08-17
4,594(+5.4%) 3,653(+3.4%)
2020-08-18
4,677(+1.8%) 3,704(+1.4%)
2020-08-19
4,745(+1.5%) 3,749(+1.2%)
2020-08-20
4,825(+1.7%) 3,845(+2.6%)
2020-08-21
4,915(+1.9%) 3,889(+1.1%)
2020-08-24
5,184(+5.5%) 4,068(+4.6%)
2020-08-25
5,242(+1.1%) 4,114(+1.1%)
2020-08-26
5,304(+1.2%) 4,199(+2.1%)
2020-08-27
5,372(+1.3%) 4,262(+1.5%)
2020-08-28
5,496(+2.3%) 4,310(+1.1%)
2020-08-31
5,790(+5.3%) 4,475(+3.8%)
2020-09-01
5,848(+1.0%) 4,505(+0.7%)
2020-09-02
5,952(+1.8%) 4,605(+2.2%)
2020-09-03
6,041(+1.5%) 4,644(+0.8%)
2020-09-04
6,162(+2.0%) 4,706(+1.3%)
2020-09-08
6,591(+7.0%) 4,978(+5.8%)
2020-09-09
6,691(+1.5%) 5,100(+2.5%)
2020-09-10
6,830(+2.1%) 5,205(+2.1%)
2020-09-11
6,962(+1.9%) 5,273(+1.3%)
2020-09-14
7,279(+4.6%) 5,446(+3.3%)
2020-09-15
7,376(+1.3%) 5,548(+1.9%)
2020-09-16
7,498(+1.7%) 5,646(+1.8%)
2020-09-17
7,663(+2.2%) 5,738(+1.6%)
2020-09-18
7,842(+2.3%[ix]) 5,797(+1.0%)
2020-09-21
8,208(+4.7%) 5,972(+3.0%)
2020-09-22
8,304(+1.2%[x]) 6,589(+10.3%)
2020-09-23
8,395(+1.1%) 6,769(+2.7%)
2020-09-24
8,543(+1.8%) 6,917(+2.2%)
2020-09-25
8,641(+1.1%) 7,036(+1.7%)
2020-09-27
8,834(+2.2%) 7,036(=)
2020-09-28
8,908(+0.8%) 7,346(+4.4%)
2020-09-29
9,013(+1.2%) 7,485(+1.9%)
2020-09-30
9,138(+1.4%) 7,591(+1.4%)
2020-10-01
9,220(+0.9%) 7,695(+1.4%)
2020-10-02
9,381(+1.7%) 7,813(+1.5%)
2020-10-04
9,619(+2.5%) 7,813(=)
2020-10-05
9,739(+1.2%) 8,115(+3.9%)
2020-10-06
9,841(+1.0%) 8,184(+0.9%)
2020-10-07
9,956(+1.2%) 8,296(+1.4%)
2020-10-08
10,066(+1.1%) 8,398(+1.2%)
2020-10-09
10,185(+1.2%) 8,502(+1.2%)
2020-10-12
10,633(+4.4%) 8,502(=)
2020-10-13
10,734(+0.9%) 8,974(+5.6%)
2020-10-14
10,892(+1.5%) 9,112(+1.5%)
2020-10-15
11,034(+1.3%) 9,257(+1.6%)
2020-10-16
11,189(+1.4%) 9,387(+1.4%)
2020-10-17
11,361(+1.5%) 9,387(=)
2020-10-18
11,513(+1.3%) 9,387(=)
2020-10-19
11,687(+1.5%[xi]) 9,753(+3.9% [xii])
2020-10-20
11,854(+1.4%) 9,871(+1.2%)
2020-10-21
12,057(+1.7%) 9,993(+1.2%)
2020-10-22
12,331(+2.3%[xiii]) 10,114(+1.2%)
2020-10-23
12,554(+1.8%) 10,247(+1.3%)
2020-10-24
12,871(+2.5%) 10,247(=)
2020-10-25
13,164(+2.3%) 10,247(=)
2020-10-26
13,371(+1.6%) 10,734(+4.8%)
2020-10-27
13,588(+1.6%) 10,954(+2.0%)
2020-10-28
13,875(+2.1%) 11,244(+2.6%)
2020-10-29
14,109(+1.7%) 11,448(+1.8%)
2020-10-30
14,381(+1.9%) 11,670(+1.9%)
2020-10-31
14,733(+2.4%) 11,670(=)
2020-11-01
15,122(+2,6%) 11,670(=)
2020-11-02
15,501(+2.5%) 12,207(+4.6%)
2020-11-03
15,800(+1.9%) 12,431(+1.8%)
2020-11-04
16,135(+2.1%) 12,659(+1.8%)
2020-11-05
16,560(+2.6%) 12,806(+1.2%)
2020-11-06
17,149(+3.6%) 13,035(+1.8%)
2020-11-07
17,716(+3.3%[xiv]) 13,035(=)
2020-11-08
18,252(+3.0%) 13,035(=)
2020-11-09
18,714(+2.5%) 13,425(+3.0%)
2020-11-10
19,239(+2.8%) 13,704(+2.1%)
2020-11-11
19,775(+2.8%) 13,704(=[xv])
2020-11-12
20,368(+2.9%[xvi]) 14,089(+2.8%)
2020-11-13
20,985(+3.0%) 14,901(+5.8%)
2020-11-14
21,599(+2.9%) 14,901(=)
2020-11-15
22,258(+3.1%) 14,901(=)
2020-11-16
22,944(+2.9%) 16,087(+8.0%)
2020-11-17
23,661(+3.1%) 16,469(+2.4%)
2020-11-18
24,479*(+3.5%) 16,914(+2.7%)
2020-11-19
24,960(+2%) 17,207(+1.7%)
2020-11-20
25,792*(+3.3%) 17,477(+1.6%)
2020-11-21
26,651*(+3.3%) 17,477(=)
2020-11-22
26,813(+0.6%) 17,477(=)
2020-11-23
27,407(+2.2%) 19,069(+9.1%)
2020-11-24
28,113**(+2.6%) 19,605(+2.8%)
2020-11-25
29,086(+3.5%) 19,814(+1.1%)
2020-11-26
29,973(+3%) 19,998(+0.9%)
2020-11-27
30,884(+3%) 21,304(+6.5%)
2020-11-28
31,634(+2.4%) 21,304(=)
2020-11-29
32,642(+3.2%) 21,304(=)
2020-11-30
33,238(+1.8%[xvii]) 23,111(+8.5%)
2020-12-01
33,894(+2%) 23,774(+2.9%)
2020-12-02
34,728(+2.5%) 24,424(+2.7%)
2020-12-03
35,422(+2%) 24,928(+2.1%)
2020-12-04
36,132(+2%) 25,658(+2.9%)
2020-12-05
36,779(+1.8%) 25,658(=)
2020-12-06
37,505(+2%) 25,658(=)
2020-12-07
38,152(+1.7%) 27,287(+6.3%)
2020-12-08
38,718(+1.5%) 27,897(+2.2%)
2020-12-09
39,337(+1.6%) 28,448(+2%)
2020-12-10
40,060(+1.8%) 28,948(+1.8%)
2020-12-11
40,797(+1.8%) 29,598(+2.2%)
2020-12-12
41,495(+1.7%) 29,598(=)
2020-12-13
42,184(+1.7%) 29,598(=)
2020-12-14
42,943(+1.8%[xviii]) 31,207(+5.4%)
2020-12-15
43,463(+1.2%) 31,866(+2.1%)
2020-12-16
44,103(+1.5%) 32,376(+1.6%)
2020-12-17
44,776(+1.5%) 32,963(+1.8%)
2020-12-18
45,400(+1.4%) 33,589(+1.9%)
2020-12-19
46,052(+1.4%) 33,589(=)
2020-12-20
46,538(+1.1%) 33,589(=)
2020-12-21
47,067(+1.1%) 35,455(+5.6%)
2020-12-22
47,511(+0.9%) 36,094(+1.8%)
2020-12-23
48,027(+1.1%) 36,952(+2.4%)
2020-12-24
48,609(+1.2%) 37,784(+2.3%)
2020-12-25
49,121(+1.1%[xix]) 37,784(=)
2020-12-26
49,568(+0.9%) 37,784(=)
2020-12-27
49,992(+0.9%) 37,784(=)
2020-12-28
50,434(+0.9%[xx]) 37,784(=)
2020-12-29
50,815(+0.8%) 41,175(+9%)
2020-12-30
51,300(+1%) 41,681(+1.2%)
2020-12-31
51,990(+1.3%) 42,127(+1.1%)
2021-01-01
52,555(+1.1%[xxi]) 42,129(=)
2021-01-02
53,162(+1.2%) 42,129(=)
2021-01-03
53,662(+0.9%) 42,129(=)
2021-01-04
54,201(+1%) 45,209(+7.3%)
2021-01-05
54,629(+0.8%) 45,999(+1.7%)
2021-01-06
55,254(+1.1%) 46,728(+1.6%)
2021-01-07
56,015(+1.4%) 47,374(+1.4%)
2021-01-08
56,632(+1.1%) 48,205(+1.8%)
2021-01-09
57,170(+0.9%) 48,205(=)
2021-01-10
57,677(+0.9%) 48,205(=)
2021-01-11
58,107(+0.7%) 50,541(+4.8%)
2021-01-12
58,553(+0.8%) 51,144(+1.2%)
2021-01-13
59,072(+0.9%) 51,893(+1.5%)
2021-01-14
59,608(+0.9%) 52,605(+1.4%)
2021-01-15
60,117(+0.9%) 53,115(+1%)
Source: "BC COVID-19 Data". BC Centre for Disease Control.

Data in the BC COVID-19 dashboard is updated from Monday to Friday only.[34] The number of cumulative cases and deaths on Saturdays, if available, are based on daily updates provided to the Government of Canada.[35] The numbers of cumulative cases and deaths on Sundays up to July 5 are calculated based on the surveillance report published next Monday. The numbers of cumulative cases on Sundays from July 12 onwards are calculated based on the “New Cases” figure shown in the BC COVID-19 dashboard next Monday.

*BC has revised the new case numbers for November 18, 20 and 21 where those are the days the province has topped the mark of 800 in a day.
**November 24, where there were 941 new cases, has been revised to 706 cases.
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Notes:

  1. ^ The decrease in the number of recoveries on April 17, 2020 corresponds to a change in criteria used to determine recoveries in Vancouver Coastal Health cases.[18]
  2. ^ The data on May 14 include fifteen newly reported cases and one additional case added due to a data correction.[19]
  3. ^ The data on May 22 includes eighteen newly reported cases and ten additional cases added due to two data corrections.[20]
  4. ^ The data on May 28 includes nine new cases reported on May 28 and one case removed due to a data correction.[21]
  5. ^ The data on June 4 includes five newly reported cases and four epidemiologically-linked (epi-linked) cases (symptomatic individuals who had close contacts with confirmed cases but did not receive tests). Epi-linked cases were tracked starting May 19 and included in the daily case counts beginning June 4.[22][23]
  6. ^ Although one new case was reported today, the total does not reflect a change compared to yesterday. One previously reported case has been removed due to data correction.[24]
  7. ^ Starting June 11, BC Centre for Disease Control reduces the surveillance report frequency to Mondays and Thursdays only. [25]
  8. ^ Starting July 16, BC Centre for Disease Control reduces the surveillance report frequency to weekly on Thursdays only. [26]
  9. ^ Including 40 historic cases tested between August 11 and September 16 as the patients did not have personal health numbers. [27]
  10. ^ The sharp decrease of 522 active cases and increase of 617 recoveries were occurred due to the delayed reporting. [28]
  11. ^ One case was removed due to a data correction. [29]
  12. ^ Second wave begins.
  13. ^ Starting October 22, BC Centre for Disease Control re-scheduled the weekly surveillance report to Fridays. [30]
  14. ^ British Columbia specially provides another rare weekend update for November 7. [31]
  15. ^ No updates were provided due to Remembrance Day.
  16. ^ One case was removed due to a data correction. [32]
  17. ^ Including 277 historical cases that occurred between November 18 and 26.
  18. ^ Two cases were removed for unknown reasons.[33]
  19. ^ No updates were provided on Christmas Day.
  20. ^ No updates were provided on December 28 in lieu of Boxing Day occurring over the weekend.
  21. ^ No updates will be provided on New Year's Day.


2020Edit

January to AprilEdit

The first case in British Columbia was reported on January 28. The person had returned from Wuhan and began experiencing symptoms on January 26, with self-isolation beginning immediately.[37]

The first case in BC's interior was reported on February 14. The person had recently returned from China, and was self-isolating.[38]

The first case in the Fraser Health region was reported on February 20. This was also the first BC case where the person had traveled from Iran. The person immediately began self-isolation.[39]

The first two cases in the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver were reported on March 7. One resident and one staff member were diagnosed,[40] and the centre is thought to be Canada's first case of community transmission.[41] BC's first two cases linked to the Grand Princess were hospitalized and also reported on March 7.[40]

On March 9, the Lynn Valley outbreak resulted in Canada's first death: a man in his 80s with pre-existing health conditions.[41]

On March 17, three more deaths were announced: two were at the Lynn Valley Care Center, and the other was "in [a] hospital in the Fraser Health region".[42]

 
Anti-lockdown protest in Vancouver on April 26, 2020

On March 19, a death was reported at the Lynn Valley Care Centre,[43] followed by an additional death on March 21.[44]

On April 17, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that B.C. had succeeded in reducing the number of cases, the health-care system was not overwhelmed, and that the province had "flattened [the] curve".[45]

May to AugustEdit

On May 13, it was disclosed that while in the quarantine system imposed by the government of British Columbia on international arrivals, eight farm workers out of 1,500 had tested positive for COVID-19 disease. The province started allowing imported farmhands in April and is the only province to implement mandatory quarantine. [46]

On May 19, the government announced that it was advancing to phase 2 of the restart plan, allowing all retail, restaurants, libraries, museums, offices and childcare to reopen. Parks and beaches were also allowed to reopen with social distancing requirements in place. Medically necessary services for physiotherapy, dentistry, massage therapy and chiropractic were also allowed to resume, along with hair salons and counselling services.[47]

On June 24, Premier John Horgan and Henry announced that BC had successfully flattened the curve enough to allow the province to proceed to phase 3 of the restart plan, allowing the film industry to resume, and a return for in-person education for elementary and high school students in September. Gatherings of people greater than 50 were still prohibited.[48][49] Phase 4 of the restart plan has yet to be implemented; entry to stage 4 is conditional on "widespread vaccination, community immunity, or successful treatments."[50] The national and global numbers of active case numbers will also need to decline in order for the province to recommend its implementation. Once BC moved to stage 4, conventions, concerts, international tourism, and professional sports would have been allowed.[50]

In July 2020 the Provincial Government announced back to school plans for the 2020–21 school year.[51]

September to DecemberEdit

On October 19, Henry declared that British Columbia was in a second wave.[52] On October 30, MLA Adrian Dix announced an amended Provincial Health Officer order, which limits gatherings in private residences to six guests.[53][54]

On October 21, British Columbia declared the first school outbreak at École de l’Anse-au-sable in Kelowna.[55]

On October 29, Interior Health declared the outbreak at Okanagan Men's Centre in Winfield.[56]

On November 7, Henry announced two-week regional lockdown measures including the restriction of all social gatherings of any size in the Fraser and Vancouver regions to immediate household members only from 10 p.m. until noon of November 23. Other measures restricted travel and group fitness activities. [57][58]

On November 11, Island Health declared first outbreak on Vancouver Island at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.[59]

On November 12, Henry shared modelling data that suggests BC could expect the number of daily new cases to surpass 1,000 unless residents alter their behaviours.[60]

On November 13, the BC Centre for Disease Control released the October subregional map showing Surrey now has the most COVID-19 cases in British Columbia.[61] Fraser Health also declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Platinum Athletic Club at King George Boulevard, after 42 customers tested positive between October 21 and November 7.[62] In the city vicinity, several Loblaws grocery stores and pharmacies in the Lower Mainland, including Real Canadian Superstore, Wholesale Club, Shoppers Drug Mart, and T&T Supermarket have reported positive tests for COVID-19.[63] Vancouver Coastal Health issued COVID-19 exposure notices for three restaurants in Whistler between October 31 and November 6.[64]

On November 14, three schools in the Fraser Health region were closed for two weeks after an outbreak and two "clusters" were reported.[65] Fraser Health issued a public exposure notice for Slumber Lodge Motel in Hope November 7–9.[66] British Columbia also introduced new fines for Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health: party buses and limousines spotted on the streets will be issued a $2,000 fine plus an additional $200 for each participating individual.[67]

On November 16, four new care home outbreaks were declared in Surrey, New Westminster and Burnaby.[68] Dr. Bonnie Henry penned an op-ed addressing why there isn't a universal mask mandate in BC, explaining that "Ordering universal mask use in all situations creates unnecessary challenges with enforcement and stigmatization."[69]

On November 17, Island Health reported the first long-term care home outbreak in Port Alberni at Tsawaayuus Rainbow Gardens.[70] In Victoria, a city hall employee was diagnosed between November 13–16, and began self-isolating shortly after.[71] Additional potential public exposures at Sobeys and Loblaws groceries stores and pharmacies were also reported.[72] The outbreak at Tabor care home in the Fraser Valley reached 101 cases.[73]

On November 18, Horgan filed "Second Components" to BC's regional COVID-19 orders, hinted at more restrictions, and asked the federal government to discourage travel between the provinces amid the increase of COVID-19 cases.[74][75][76]

On November 19, the BC government issued several new public health orders, including the compulsory wearing of masks in indoor public spaces, and the expansion of the lower mainland specific health orders of November 7th to the entire province. Event, church service and gathering restrictions would be in place until December 7 at the earliest, prohibiting all social interaction outside of immediate household or core-bubbles .[77][78][79][80] Northern Health declared an outbreak at an LNG site after 14 employees were confirmed positive in Kitimat, who were immediately told to self-isolate. [81] The Society of BC Veterinarian announced an increase of "kennel cough" among the dogs in the Lower Mainland that may have been connected to the pandemic.[82]

On November 20, Surrey reported 19 school exposures within 24 hours.[83]

On November 21, Interior Health declared an outbreak at Orchard Manor in Kelowna over a positive test of a staff member.[84]

On November 23, the outbreak at Nanaimo General Hospital which was declared on Remembrance Day, was declared over.[85] Over the weekend, Campbell River declared an outbreak at a seniors home.[86]

On November 24, the provincial state of emergency, which was declared since March 18, has been renewed 19 times, and resulted in reaching the mark of 8 months.[87] Movie theatres, dance studios, and yoga classes on the mainland suspended their operations again based on the provincial restriction.[88][89] Burnaby Hospital declared an outbreak that resulted in five deaths and 95 patient and staff infections.[90] Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth announced a new order under the (Emergency Program Act) that allows law enforcement officers to issue $230 fines to anyone who violates the indoor mask mandate included in the health orders declared on November 19 .[91][92]

On November 25, CTV reported that the Covid-19 infections in Fraser Health was among the highest per capita in Canada, double the national average.[93]

On November 26, eight cases were reported at the BC provincial courthouse in Surrey, though no outbreak was declared.[94]

On November 29, three Fraser Valley churches defied an order to "suspend in-person religious gatherings" from Henry, and the RCMP fined one church in Langley $2,300. The police were called into the Riverside Calvary Chapel "after municipal bylaw officers reported a service was under way". The other churches were in Chilliwack.[95]

On December 1, Island Health noted that 135 cases had been added on Vancouver Island in the past week.[96]

On December 5, Fraser Health reported two more long-term care home outbreaks in Chilliwack and Coquitlam.[97]

On December 6, a Fraser Valley mink farm declared an outbreak after eight people tested positive on site.[98]

On December 7, Henry officially renewed the provincial restrictions once again through Christmas and New Year's Eve until January 8, 2021.[99] Also on the same day, B.C. prepares and expects to début the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer by next week.[100]

On December 8, Premier Horgan stated that BC is expecting roughly 4,000 people to be vaccinated by the end of next week.[101] Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth also threatened to increase the fines for whomever repeatedly break the pandemic-related rules after two churches defied health orders on December 6.[102][103]

On December 9, Henry indicated that the province will distribute the first 400,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to some frontline healthcare workers working in hospitals and care homes by March 2021.[104][105]

On December 14, Dix and Horgan announced that a vaccine arrived in BC.[106]

On December 15, Henry noted that the "curve" is being flattened due to the COVID-19 restrictions.[107] Burnaby Hospital reported a second outbreak after the previous one ended on December 11.[108] A 64-year-old healthcare worker from Vancouver General Hospital is the first British Columbian to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.[109][110] Interior Health identified 60 cases at Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna that were suspected of being linked to gatherings.[111] Horgan stated that the province would strengthen the enforcement on COVID-19 public health orders.[112][113][114]

On December 16, three mining sites near Elkford reported an outbreak spanning 3 sites involving 27 individuals confirmed to have COVID-19.[115][116] The Wingtat Game Bird Packers Inc. poultry processing plant in Surrey was shut down after an outbreak of 30 cases was reported.[117]

On December 18, a poultry processing plant in Abbotsford declared an outbreak after nine workers tested positive for the virus.[118]

On December 19, an individual on Vancouver Island was identified as having been infected with Variant of Concern 202012/01, a more-contagious variant of SARS-CoV-2 that was first reported in the United Kingdom. The province publicly announced the case on December 27, stating that the resident had recently returned from travel to London on a flight to Nanaimo.[119][120]

On December 21, Henry indicated that initial doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech had completed distribution within all B.C. health regions.[121][122][123] Henry herself received her first dose of the vaccine the next day, being among the first administered by Island Health [124][125]

On December 24, a second mink farm in the Fraser Valley was placed under quarantine after a mink tested positive for COVID-19.[126]

On December 30, Henry announced an "emergency" curfew on liquor sales for New Year's Eve, prohibiting the sale of liquor at bars, restaurants, and retail stores after 8 p.m, and requiring the closure of bars by 9 p.m. and restaurants by 10 p.m. Henry justified the order as a measure to discourage social gatherings and "risky behaviour" that could lead to exposure. [127][128]

2021Edit

JanuaryEdit

On January 3, A cluster of COVID-19 was found in Snuneymuxw First Nation in Nanaimo back in late December of 2020 resulted in a community lockdown until at least January 15 at 9 p.m.[129]

On January 5, B.C.'s Fraser Valley mink farmers decided to euthanize the remaining 1,000 minks due to the excessive positive COVID-19 tests in the farm.[130][131] Vancouver Coastal Health reported an outbreak at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver that has led to the closure of the cardiac unit.[132]

On January 7, Henry extended the provincial restrictions until February 5.[133] That same day, Island Health reported an outbreak at Ts’i’ts’uwatul’ Lelum centre in Duncan after a positive COVID-19 test of a staff member.[134] Cowichan Tribes, a First Nations band in the Cowichan Valley, has issued a stay-at-home order beginning from 5 p.m. until January 22 after a spike of COVID-19 cases.[135]

On January 9, Fraser Health reported two more Surrey long-term care homes facing COVID-19 outbreaks, with one resident and three staff members testing positive for the virus.[136] Island Health has also reported a recent outbreak at a Victoria long-term care home with a positive test on an employee.[137]

On January 12, B.C. announced that the supply of COVID-19 vaccines was almost depleted, and worked on a vaccine distribution plan with the federal government.[138]

On January 14, Horgan sought legal advice to determine if an inter-provincial travel ban in response to increasing COVID-19 cases in the other provinces would be constitutional.[139][140] B.C. confirmed its first case of South African COVID-19 variant, 501.V2, which involved a person who had not traveled or come in close contact with a traveler.[141]

By health authorityEdit

All health authority regions of BC indicated below are affected. To date, a total of 53,115 have recovered, 349 are in hospital, and 68 are in intensive care.[1][142] 75,941 vaccinations (1.48%) have been administered.[143]

Cases, Deaths and Recoveries by Health Authority Regions as of January 15, 2021
Health Authority Region Total cases Hospitalized In ICU Deaths Recoveries Active (%) Cases omitted Lockdown/Restriction status
Fraser Health 37,258 190 22 590 33,404 2,029 (9%) 1,235 Renewed on January 7
until February 5[144]
Vancouver Coastal Health 13,728 71 22 348 12,394 904 (7%) 82
Interior Health 5,056 34 9 46 4,012 992 (20%) 6
Island Health 1,220 10 2 15 1,017 182 (15%) 6
Northern Health 2,745 44 13 48 2,182 497 (19%) 18
Outside Canada 110 0 0 0 106 0 (4%) 4 Not available

Social and economic impactEdit

 
Deserted exterior of Canada Place. Note the two pedestrians on the left wearing face masks.

As a result of the pandemic, BC Ferries cancelled sailings,[145] began to permit passengers to stay in their vehicles during sailings,[146] and were granted authority to refuse to transport passengers showing symptoms consistent with the coronavirus.[147][148] On April 12, BC Ferries announced that they had reduced their sailings and were operating at 50 percent capacity.[149]

The provincial legislature passed an aid bill on March 25, 2020, before adjourning indefinitely.[150] While adjourned, some virtual sessions took place.[151] The leadership contest of the Green Party of British Columbia was postponed.[152][153]

In many parts of the province, residents began daily cheers at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate and thank healthcare workers.[154][155][156][157][158] In April, Mr. PG flew a flag emblazoned with a red heart as part of a community support initiative.[159]

In response to layoffs and unemployment, the government suspended nearly all evictions and froze rent increases. In limited circumstances where safety concerns exist, evictions were still permitted, as well as where notices were issued prior to the state of emergency. A $500 monthly rental rebate was also created to assist tenants unable to pay their monthly rent. The rebate is paid directly to landlords of qualifying tenants.[160] The Vancouver Tenants Union called for tenants in larger complexes to unite to negotiate favourable terms with landlords. Some other tenant advocacy groups called for a large-scale rent strike.[161][162]

The Pacific National Exhibition and Celebration of Light were both cancelled.[163] The Vancouver Pride Society cancelled its parade, and planned virtual events in its place.[164][165][166]

Closures caused cash-flow problems for attractions including Science World, the H. R. MacMillan Space Centre, and the Vancouver Aquarium which rely on revenues from admissions.[167][168] Fundraisers raised over $600,000 for the Aquarium as a response to reports that the Aquarium may permanently close.[169][170]

Statistical dataEdit

New cases and deaths (weekly on Fridays from October 22 onwards)Edit

Cumulative cases, deaths, recoveries and active casesEdit

2020Edit

2021Edit

Cases, deaths, recoveries and vaccinations in BC September to December ()
Date Cases Deaths Recoveries Vaccinations Active
New Total Change New Total Change New Total Change New Total Change
2020-09-03 669 6,041 12.5% 6 210 2.9% 382 4,644 9.0% No vaccines yet 1,187
2020-09-10 789 6,830 13.0% 3 213 1.4% 561 5,205 12.1% 1,412
2020-09-17 833 7,663 12.2% 7 220 3.3% 533 5,738 10.2% 1,705
2020-09-24 880 8,543 11.5% 9 229 4.1% 1,179 6,917 20.5% 1,397
2020-10-01 677 9,220 7.9% 6 235 2.6% 778 7,695 11.2% 1,290
2020-10-08 846 10,066 9.2% 10 245 4.3% 703 8,398 9.1% 1,423
2020-10-15 968 11,034 9.6% 5 250 2.0% 859 9,257 10.2% 1,527
2020-10-23 1,520[x] 12,554 13.8% 6 256 2.4% 857 10,114 9.3% 2,051
2020-10-30 1,827 14,381 14.6% 7 263 2.7% 1,334 11,448 13.2% 2,448
2020-11-06 2,768 17,149 19.2% 12 275 4.6% 1,587 13,035 13.9% 3,839
2020-11-13 3,836 20,985 22.4% 15 290 5.5% 1,866 14,901 14.3% 5,794
2020-11-20 4,489 25,474 21.4% 41 331 14.1% 2,576 17,477 17.3% 7,666
2020-11-27 5,410 30,884 21.2% 64 395 19.3% 3,827 21,304 21.9% 9,185
2020-12-04 5,248 36,132 17% 97 492 24.6% 4,354 25,658 20.4% 9,982
2020-12-11 4,665 40,797 12.9% 106 598 21.5% 3,940 29,598 15.4% 10,601
2020-12-18 4,603[xi] 45,400 11.3% 126 724 21.1% 3,991 33,589 13.5% 2,592 11,087
2020-12-25 3,721 49,121 8.2% X [xii] 10,529
Cases, deaths. recoveries and vaccinations in BC January 2021 to April 2021 ()
Date Cases Deaths Recoveries Vaccinations Active()
New Total Change New Total Change New Total Change New Total Change
2021-01-01 3,434 52,555 7% X [xiii] 9,527 ▼1,002
2021-01-08 4,077 56,632 7.8% 264 988 36.5% 14,616 48,205 43.5% 43,667 46,259 1684.7% 7,439 ▼2,088
2021-01-15 3,485 60,117 6.2% 59 1,047 6% 4,910 53,115 10.2% 32,274 75,941 69.8% 5,955 ▼1,484
Next row: 2021-01-22
  • ^i The decrease in the number of recoveries on April 17 corresponds to a change in criteria used to determine recoveries in Vancouver Coastal Health cases.[172]
  • ^ii Includes fifteen new cases reported on May 14 and one additional case added due to a data correction.[173]
  • ^iii Includes eighteen new cases reported on May 22 and ten additional cases added due to two data corrections.[174]
  • ^iv Includes nine new cases reported on May 28 and one case removed due to a data correction.[175]
  • ^v Includes five new cases reported on June 4 and four epidemiologically-linked (epi-linked) cases—symptomatic individuals who had close contacts with confirmed cases but did not receive tests. Epi-linked cases were tracked starting May 19 and included in the daily case counts beginning June 4.[176][177]
  • ^vi One new case was reported on June 6 and one previously reported case removed due to a data correction.[178]
  • ^vii 12 new cases were reported on June 6 and one previously reported case removed due to a data correction.[179]
  • ^viii BC Centre for Disease Control reduced the surveillance report frequency to Mondays and Thursdays only, beginning June 11. [180]
  • ^ix Starting July 16, BC Centre for Disease Control reduced the surveillance report frequency to Thursdays only. [181]
  • ^x Starting October 22, BC Centre for Disease Control re-scheduled the weekly surveillance report to Fridays. [182]
  • ^xi Vaccines arrived in BC on December 14.[183]
  • ^xii Christmas Day - No data.
  • ^xiii New Year's Day - No data.

Note: Charts are based on numbers released by health officials and may not reflect unreported cases or recoveries. Recoveries are logged on the first date after they were announced by health officials. Sources:[184][185][186]

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