For the week of January 31 to February 6 there was one new case of COVID-19 in the Powell River Local Health Area (includes City of Powell River, qathet Regional District (minus Lasqueti), and Tla’amin Nation).
This is good news, and it’s in line with what is happening around the province. We’re making progress, Dr. Bonnie Henry reported in her weekly update; however, numbers are still significantly higher than they were in the fall. She emphasized that case numbers around the province need to be lower before restrictions on social gatherings and events can be lifted.
On Friday the announcement was made that the current Public Health Order will be kept in place until further notice. This means that all non-essential travel should be avoided, and gatherings of any size are still prohibited with people outside your immediate household or core bubble. Masks continue to be required in many indoor public settings, including restaurants (when not at a table).
In addition, all school staff, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, and middle and secondary students must now wear masks inside schools, except when they are at their desks or when eating or drinking. Elementary students still have the choice whether to wear a mask in class.
See details of the province-wide restrictions here.
Beginning in March communities around B.C. are expecting to start offering vaccinations to people over 80 years of age, community physicians and hospital staff.
Locally we have not yet received any more vaccine supplies, and at this time it is not clear when we will receive our next batch. In the meantime, Vancouver Coastal Health is working on selecting a vaccination site and has met with community partners to explore the options. This will ensure that we are ready when vaccines are locally available.