More than 78% of all adults in B.C. have now received their first dose of COVID vaccine and more than 30% have received their second dose. Because of this, and the continued decline of COVID-19 case counts, the province moved to Step 3 of its 4-Step restart plan on July 1. This ends the longest provincial state of emergency in B.C.’s history.
Moving from Step 2 to Step 3 means:
- mask wearing is still recommended in indoor public spaces for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated (14 days after receiving your second dose).
- businesses will gradually transition to new communicable disease plans, with guidelines for these plans released by WorkSafeBC on June 28
- return to normal for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings,
- maximum capacity for indoor organized gatherings of 50 people or up to 50% of a venue’s total capacity, whichever is greater,
- maximum capacity for outdoor organized gatherings of 5,000 people or up to 50% of a venue’s total capacity, whichever is greater,
- return to normal for fairs, festivals and trade shows, with communicable disease plans, return to Canada-wide recreational travel,
- return to normal hours for liquor service at restaurants, bars and pubs with table limits to be determined by venue and no socializing between tables,
- return to normal for sports and exercise facilities, with communicable disease plans
- Public Health Officials continue to encourage anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home and get tested.
For full Step 3 details visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/RestartBC_Step3.pdf
Local Vaccination Rates
As of Thursday, July 1 our local vaccination rates (for people who have received their first dose) were:
- 84% of adults 50+
- 58% of adults 18-49
- 75% of adults 18+
- 73% of people 12+
On Wednesday, June 30 the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) reported 0 new cases of COVID-19 for the period of June 20 – 26 for the Powell River Local Health Area (includes City of Powell River, qathet Regional District (minus Lasqueti), and Tla’amin Nation).
Powell River Vaccine Clinic Update
Throughout July the Powell River COVID Vaccination Clinic (located through the upper entrance of the Powell River Recreation Complex) will be open 3 days a week — Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:15 am – 3:45 pm.
- All second dose appointments MUST be booked via getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca.
- All first dose appointments and youth 12-17 can drop in (no appointment is necessary).
- If you have any questions, or would like to make arrangements for a special considerations for an appointment (e.g. mobility needs, privacy, anxiety) please call the clinic at 604-223-4037.
FAQ: Can you still get COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated?
Yes, some people get COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated but in Canada, data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows that these make up only 0.5% of cases. In addition, people who have been partially or fully vaccinated are less likely to get seriously ill or die than unvaccinated individuals. See https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/covid-vaccines-break-through-infection-canada-doses-1.6080206
Do you have symptoms? Please get tested!
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 it is still important that you get tested!
The COVID-testing clinic at the Medical Clinic Associates on Joyce Avenue is closed from Thursday, July 1 through to Sunday, July 4, and will reopen on Monday, July 5. If you need a COVID test over the weekend please visit the Emergency Department at the Powell River General Hospital.
For more information on COVID testing visit https://prcomplexclinic.com/covid-testing/