October 21 Update

COVID-19 Mandate Updates

On Sunday, October 24th, anyone aged 12+ must be fully vaccinated and able to present their BC Vaccine Card to access some restaurants, businesses, and events. For information about the BC Vaccine Card and to get yours, click here.

On Monday, October 25th, indoor organized events will increase from 50% to 100% capacity in circumstances where BC Vaccine Cards are checked prior to entry. Additionally, it will no longer be required to remain seated at your table in restaurants and pubs, however, the mask mandate remains in place for all indoor settings.            *Note that these changes do not apply to areas under regional order, such as Fraser East and parts of Interior Health.

The Provincial Picture

From October 12th-18th, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 67.2% of cases and from October 5th-18th, they accounted for 74.9% of hospitalizations. 89.3% of eligible people 12 and older in BC have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 83.6% have received 2 doses. There have been 696 new cases in the province in the last week and 6 deaths. 382 individuals are currently in hospital with 146 of those in intensive care. The Vancouver Coastal Health Region hosted 80 of the new cases, bringing the total number of active cases in the region to 717. 

The Powell River/qathet Region

There were 3 new cases of COVID-19 in the Powell River Local Health area in the past week, bringing our 2-week total to 7. The Powell River Local Health Area includes the City of Powell River, qathet Regional District (minus Lasqueti) and Tla’amin Nation.

84% of residents in the Powell River/qathet region aged 12+ have received their first vaccination dose, and 79% have received 2 doses.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Information

Your next opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccination is Wednesday, October 27th, 2021, from 9:15am to 3:45pm upper-level recreation complex (drop-in and booked).

COVID-19 testing is done by appointment only at the Medical Clinic Associates building on Joyce Avenue for people experiencing the following the symptoms:

  • Fever / chills
  • New onset or worsening cough
  • New onset or worsening fatigue
  • Sore throat / hoarse voice
  • Loss of appetite / difficulty swallowing
  • Headache
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Runny nose, sneezing, or nasal congestion
  • Shortness of breath

To request an appointment to be tested for COVID-19 and for answers to many questions about testing, click here. If you have trouble requesting your testing appointment online, you can call 604-485-3572 between 9am and 11am Monday through Friday.

Emergency testing is also available at the Emergency Department at Powell River General Hospital for those with severe symptoms or individuals needing testing outside of The Medical Clinic Associates hours.

For COVID-19 testing related to travel, find a list of available private testing options here.

Flu Season

Flu season is approaching! It is especially important to get the influenza (flu) vaccine this year to protect yourself and those around you from the flu as well as reduce the strain on the healthcare system. For more information about the influenza vaccine, please visit https://immunizebc.ca.

This year, the influenza vaccine is available to everyone aged 6 months+, free of charge, through pharmacies, your family physician, and the flu clinic at the Powell River Recreation Complex.

Get your flu vaccine at the following dates and locations:

The Powell River Recreation Complex: Seniors and Everyone Welcome. October 28th & 29th, 2021, from 10am to 2pm.

Gillies Bay Community Hall on Texada Island: Seniors and Everyone Welcome. November 1st, 2021, from 10am to 1:30pm.

Powell River Community Health: Families with Children Under 18. November 5th & 19th, 2021, from 3pm to 6pm. November 26th, December 3rd & 10th, 2021, from 11am to 2pm.

Appointments are 5 minutes long and can be made online here: https://powellriverpublichealth.janeapp.com

Please remember to bring your BC Services Card and wear short sleeves.

If you need any assistance booking your appointment, please call Powell River Community Health at 604-485-3310.

Stay safe and look out for one another!

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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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