POWELL RIVER COVID-19 INFO

March 3 Update

Case Counts

One new case of COVID-19 in the Powell River Local Health Area has been reported by the BC Centre for Disease Control for the week of February 21 – 27 (includes City of Powell River, qathet Regional District (minus Lasqueti), and Tla’amin Nation).

Variants of Concern

On Tuesday, March 2 Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that there have been 182 cases of variants of concern identified in B.C., including 22 new cases. Eight of the 182 cases are currently active, meaning the people are infectious. Close attention is paid to variant cases to determine where and how people are affected; however, in 20-25% of the cases the source is undetermined. This means that community transmission is happening. Currently there are no variant cases in the Powell River Local Health Area.

Vaccination

Phase 2 COVID-19 vaccinations will begin in Powell River in the next 1-2 weeks. This means that seniors born in 1941 or before (80 years and older) and Indigenous people born in 1956 or before (65 years and older) will be eligible to make an appointment to receive vaccination.

People in these age groups can book their vaccination appointment starting Monday, March 8 by calling 1-877-587-5767 (or someone can call on their behalf). This is a toll-free line that will be open from 7 am to 7 pm seven days a week and is dedicated to booking vaccine appointments.

People who have clinical questions are advised to speak with their family doctor or nurse practitioner or call 811 for nursing advice before booking an appointment.

Before calling the phone line people are asked to have the following things on hand:

  • Pen and paper
  • Personal health number
  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Postal code
  • The phone number where you can best be reached

Please note that you will never be asked for your Social Insurance Number, driver’s licence number or banking and credit card details.

Vancouver Coastal Health is asking family members, friends and neighbours to help reach eligible seniors and ensure they are aware of the opportunity to book their vaccination.

Phase 3 of COVID vaccination is expected to begin mid-April for people aged 60+ and will include an online registration and booking system.

Every eligible adult in B.C. who wants to be vaccinated should have the opportunity to receive their first dose by July. In the March 2 briefing Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that B.C. has extended the acceptable time between the first and second dose of vaccine to four months. This decision is based on studies from the New England Journal of Medicine and the BCCDC regarding data on the efficacy of a single dose of vaccine.

For questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, call 1-888-COVID19 (1.888.268.4319) or visit gov.bc.ca/covid19.

Testing

Despite the fact that we are now vaccinating it is still very important for everyone to follow Public Health Orders and get tested if feeling sick. As a reminder,

Please make an appointment to get tested if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • New onset or worsening cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste or smell

Or, if you have two or more of the following:

  • New onset or worsening fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea or abdominal pain
  • Body aches

Testing is recommended if you have been in contact with someone who tested positive and you have ANY of the symptoms above.

If you’re feeling sick but you’re not sure if you should make an appointment use the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

You can make an appointment online at prcomplexclinic.com or by phoning 604-485-2028.

If you are having difficulty breathing or are experiencing any other severe symptoms, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY or go to Emergency at the Hospital. Please advise them of your symptoms and travel history.

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As of March 15, Vancouver Coastal Health will be offering a public vaccination site located on the upper level of the Powell River Recreation Complex.

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