COVID-19 update for Whistler
Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has recorded a reduction in COVID-19 transmission in the Whistler community compared to recent weeks.
- From April 6 to April 11, VCH identified 179 new cases of COVID-19 in Whistler.
From Jan. 1 to April 11, there have been 1,685 cases* recorded in the Whistler community.
Of these, 1,457 individuals have recovered from COVID-19.
The reported cases continue to be among young adults who live and work in the Whistler community. The most common location for transmission continues to be in household settings and social gatherings.
VCH encourages all Whistler adults 18 years of age and older who have not yet been vaccinated, and who have a primary residence in Whistler or who work in the Whistler community, to book a COVID-19 vaccination at www.vchcovid19vaccine.com.
The first people to be vaccinated in B.C. were residents of care homes and health care workers. VCH data shows that within two to three weeks of starting vaccinations, there was a drop in the number of COVID-19 infections and a reduction in hospitalizations and deaths among vaccinated seniors. All of the vaccines approved in Canada have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of severe disease and death associated with COVID-19 infection.
The vaccination clinic at the Whistler Conference Centre is open from April 15 - 18 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and VCH aims to vaccinate all of those who are eligible during this time.
VCH strongly advises residents in Whistler in our region to continue to follow public health guidelines, including those who have been vaccinated. VCH also asks any Whistler residents who experience COVID-19-like symptoms to complete the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool and to access testing services in their community, if required. VCH continues to provide care and support to those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Whistler community. This includes rigorous case and contact follow-up for all confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our region.
Vancouver Coastal Health is responsible for the delivery of $4.1 billion in community, hospital and long-term care to more than one million people in communities including Richmond, Vancouver, the North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola. VCH also provides specialized care and services for people throughout B.C., and is the province's hub of health-care education and research.
*Previously reported numbers are not cumulative, due to ongoing data reconciliation.