Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Oct. 20, 2020.
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.
Check back here for more updates throughout the day.
B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS
As of the latest figures given on Oct. 19:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 11,687 (1,639 active)
• New cases since Oct. 16: 499
• Hospitalized cases: 67
• Intensive care: 19
• COVID-19 related deaths: 253
• Cases under public health monitoring: 4,028
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 19
B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS
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.
8:45 a.m. – Health Canada recalls counterfeit hand sanitizer sold at Dollarama in Ontario
Health Canada is recalling a product labelled a hand sanitizer but that it has determined is counterfeit.
The government department says a counterfeit version of the authorized Daily Shield hand sanitizer has been found for sale at a Dollarama store in Thunder Bay.
Health Canada warns the false version may not be effective at killing bacteria and viruses, and may pose serious risks to health.
It also says that the unauthorized product is suspected to contain methanol, which is not authorized for use in hand sanitizers and could cause severe adverse reactions or death when ingested.
The counterfeit version is labelled with NPN 80098979, Lot 6942; Expiry May 2023 and is sold in a 250 mL format.
The Canadian Press
British Columbia is in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry declared on Monday.
“One can say that we are in our second wave here of our COVID-19 storm in B.C., but we have control over what that wave looks like, and we have shown that we can do that,” said Henry, as she reported 499 cases of COVID-19 and two deaths over the previous three days.
12 a.m. – More B.C. flight exposures added
A number of flights either departing from or arriving in B.C. have been added to a COVID-19 exposure list.
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control added a number of new flights to its exposure watchlist over the weekend.
LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information
Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.
–with files from The Canadian Press