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COVID-19 update for March 2: Eight more deaths | Churches continue legal fight

Here's your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for March 2, 2021.

We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on March 1

• Total number of confirmed cases: 80,672 (4,464 active)
• New cases since Feb. 26: 1,478
• Total deaths: 1,363 (8 new)
• Hospitalized cases: 236
• Intensive care: 65
• Total vaccinations: 191,904 people are immunized, including 83,777 who have had a second dose.
• Cases under public health monitoring: 8,210
• Recovered: 74,776
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 16

IN-DEPTH:COVID-19: Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus

B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

• COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

• COVID-19 FAQ: What you need to know about the vaccine rollout in B.C.

• COVID-19: Have you been exposed? Here are all B.C. public health alerts

• COVID-19 at B.C. schools: Here are the school district exposure alerts

• COVID-19: Avoid these hand sanitizers that are recalled in Canada

• COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

• B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 IN B.C.

3 p.m. – Health officials are set to share latest figures on COVID-19 in B.C.

Health officials are expected to update the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province.

5 a.m. – Churches continue legal fight with B.C. government

A lawyer for a group of British Columbia churches that are challenging the province’s COVID-19 rules is scheduled to resume his arguments today that the restrictions violate his clients’ charter rights.

Paul Jaffe told the B.C. Supreme Court on Monday that provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s orders allow secular gatherings like in-class education, while discriminating against the churches and their congregants’ right to freedom of religion.

He told the court his clients — which include the Riverside Calvary Chapel in Langley, Immanuel Covenant Reformed Church in Abbotsford and the Free Reformed Church of Chilliwack — have been careful to adopt safety protocols similar to those approved by Henry in places that remain open.

Jaffe works with the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, a Calgary-based legal advocacy group that’s also asking the court to dismiss tickets of up to $2,300 each for alleged violations of the orders.

Henry and the province have said they are confident the health orders are in accordance with the law, including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The case is scheduled for three days in court this week.

-The Canadian Press

12 a.m. – 1,478 new cases and eight deaths reported over the past three days

There were eight deaths and 1,478 new cases of COVID-19 reported over the weekend.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were 4,464 active cases of the disease in B.C., of which 236 were being treated in hospital including 65 in intensive care. All of these numbers are steady despite a rising seven-day daily average case count.

There are six new health-care outbreaks (four in hospitals) and six that have ended. There are 14 active outbreaks in health-care facilities.

The new outbreaks are at Glacier View Lodge in Courtenay, Chilliwack General Hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody and Surrey Memorial Hospital.

B.C. VACCINE TRACKER

LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

• B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

• Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

• HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

• B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

• Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

• World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

– With files from The Canadian Press

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