As of this morning, travellers to Canada will not need to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccinations – although masks are still recommended on planes and trains, they are now an option.
People entering the country are no longer required to undergo random mandatory testing for the virus, and those who have not been vaccinated do not need to be quarantined on arrival.
Starting today, anyone who has entered Canada in the past two weeks and been quarantined or tested is out of the woods.
Incoming travelers no longer have to fill out the controversial ArriveCan app, although they can still use it to fill out customs declarations at some airports.
The federal minister announced an end to COVID-19 public health restrictions earlier this week, saying the latest wave was largely over and travel-related cases had not had a major impact.
– Canadian media
COVID hospitalizations up 20% from last week: BCCDC data
B.C. reported that 367 people tested positive for COVID-19 in hospitals on Thursday, a 20 per cent increase from the same time last week. Of these, 30 are in intensive care.
Last Thursday, 305 patients were hospitalized with the virus and 22 required intensive care.
The surge comes a day after health officials forecast a moderate surge in COVID-19 this fall and winter.
B.C. Health Ministers Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix say B.C. is preparing to increase the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, including the flu. Some projections suggest that as many as 700 people may require hospitalization.
The province switched to a weekly reporting system in April.To learn how to interpret the data in the BCCDC weekly report, click here.
— Chen Xueli
New COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations linked to the disease are rising in Quebec, prompting the province to offer the flu vaccine earlier than usual to protect vulnerable people from both viruses.
Dr. Luc Boileau, director of public health, told reporters in Quebec that starting Oct. 5, seniors and other high-risk residents can get free flu shots at clinics and pharmacies and can get their COVID-19 vaccines vaccinated alongside the city.
“Influenza, like many other viruses, should not be taken lightly,” Boileau said. “There are a lot of people who have severe flu and are suffering, and many people die every year. It’s a serious disease.”
But despite the rise in COVID-19 indicators, Boileau said it was too early to declare Quebec entering a new wave. On the positive side, the return to school has triggered a “very weak” spread of COVID-19, he said. He added that to date, schools have reported fewer than 6,000 infections.
– Canadian media
While B.C. is emerging from the pandemic, cases are likely to increase moderately this fall and winter, health officials said.
The good news is that most people have developed some immunity to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, through vaccination or infection, health officials said at a news conference on Wednesday.
However, this strong immunity can wane over time, so health officials are urging British Columbians to get a booster to prevent the Omicron variant.
Hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 are down significantly from their January peaks, according to the British Columbia government. There was a small increase in May and then a steady decline.
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– Tiffany Crawford
A judge in British Columbia has upheld the right of employers to put employees on unpaid leave for failing to comply with mandatory COVID vaccination policies.
BC Supreme Court Justice Heather MacNaughton’s decision came in the case of a senior manager at a property management company who refused to get vaccinated.
In her lawsuit, Deepak Parmar claims she has been constructively fired by Tribe Management, alleging the company breached its contractual obligations by implementing mandatory policies.
According to the judge, Parmar, an accounting professional who is not an anti-vaccine, is concerned that vaccines are being prepared and distributed too hastily and that there is limited data on their long-term efficacy and potential negative health effects.
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— Keith Fraser
Removing mask rules and vaccine requirements has reiterated that COVID-19 remains a threat for medical professionals and frontline workers.
The federal government announced Monday that starting October 1, it will lift all COVID-19 entry restrictions, including testing, quarantine and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada.
Nazeem Muhajarine, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan, said he and other medical professionals were not surprised that the restrictions were lifted because Canada can only last so long before joining other countries’ regulatory practices.
Canada was one of the last countries to lift travel requirements after the US and UK – however, Muhagalin said lifting the requirements did not mean eliminating the threat of COVID-19.
– Canadian media
The Liberal government will stop requiring travellers to use the ArriveCAN app – although new figures show more than 1.65 million people have broken the rules by arriving at the border without providing information through the app since the start of the year.
The government said Monday that it will lift all COVID-19-related travel measures on October 1, including requiring travelers to Canada to use the ArriveCAN app to provide COVID-19 vaccine, health and travel information prior to arrival. The move comes after business groups including the tourism industry and the Conservatives opposed the app.
Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31, a total of 1,651,900 travelers “did not submit public health information through ArriveCAN prior to their arrival in Canada,” according to a document submitted to the House of Commons last week. . That figure represented about 4.3 per cent of the 38.5 million people who entered Canada by air or land from the beginning of the year to Sept. 11.
— “National Post”
Managers at restaurant supplier Russell Hendrix had to juggle the company’s flagship showroom for two floors of sales that took months to complete, even offering a $1,000 signing bonus.
“Before the pandemic, Vancouver was a challenge for me, but the pandemic just made it more difficult,” said Anna Blaszczynska, the company’s vice president of human resources, who took the “unprecedented” step of using recruiting agencies to Look for those showroom sales reps, which are usually an entry-level position.
According to Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey, B.C.’s unemployment rate was near an all-time low of 4.8 per cent as of August, and Blaszczynska doesn’t know “whether this is going to end.”
British Columbia is not alone. Across the country, the workforce that was first upended by mass unemployment at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic is being upended again by multiple forces.
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— Derek Penner
As potential COVID wave looms this fall, workers worry about safety in returning to the office
As Ottawa lifts all remaining border restrictions, some Canadian workers are expressing concerns about a full return to offices and work travel, and experts have warned that a flood of new COVID-19 cases is likely this fall.
During the “Living with COVID” phase, most mask requirements were lifted, self-isolation rules were lifted, and mandatory workplace vaccine policies were lifted. However, as the risk of reinfection and long-term exposure to the virus is better understood, some workers are concerned about being exposed during their daily commute, attending meetings or working in shared spaces.
Some even leave positions that require attendance or a lot of business travel.
Ben McLeod quit his dream job due to health issues. Earlier this year, he moved back to his hometown of Halifax from Asia in search of career experience and safe harbor during the pandemic.
Nova Scotia’s response to the novel coronavirus has been the most cautious in the world, and he believes it’s a safe bet.
— Canadian Media
What are the current public health measures in British Columbia?
mask: Masks are not required in public indoor settings, although individual businesses and event organizers may choose to require it. Masks are also encouraged but not required on public transit and BC ferries, although masks are still required in federally regulated travel spaces.
Gatherings and Events: There are currently no restrictions on gatherings and events such as personal gatherings, weddings, funerals, services, exercise and fitness events, swimming pools.The restaurant also has no restrictions or capacity restrictionspubs, bars and nightclubs; and no restrictions on physical activity.
Nursing Homes: There are no capacity limits for visitors to long-term care and assisted living facilities for the elderly, however, visitors must present proof of vaccinations prior to visiting.
Exemptions are available for children under the age of 12, children with medical exemptions, and visitors participating in end-of-life-related compassionate visitation. Visitors to nursing homes must also take a rapid antigen test before visiting the facility or be tested on arrival. People participating in compassionate visitation or hospice care are exempt from testing.
How do I get vaccinated in BC?
Everyone who lives in B.C. and is eligible for the vaccine can be vaccinated by following these steps:
• Sign Up Online: gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated Make an appointment in your community.
• Or, if you prefer, you can register and go to a pop-up clinic with your health authority.
• The system will remind you when you have your second injection.
• The same system also alerts you when you need a booster dose.
Where can I get a COVID-19 test?
test Center: BC’s COVID-19 test collection centres are currently testing only those who are symptomatic, are hospitalized, are pregnant, are considered high risk, or live/work with someone at high risk.You can use the BC Centers for Disease Control Test Center Map.
If you have mild symptoms, you do not need to be tested and should stay home until the fever is gone. Those without symptoms do not need testing.
Take-home rapid antigen test: Eligible British Columbians over the age of 18 with a personal health number can go to a pharmacy to pick up a free take-home test kit, which contains five COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits.
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