Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Oct. 21, 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. 20:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 11,854 (1,688 active)
• New cases since Oct. 19: 167
• Hospitalized cases: 69
• Intensive care: 18
• COVID-19 related deaths: 254
• Cases under public health monitoring: 4,156
• 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 :30 a.m. – PM Trudeau won’t send kids out on Halloween
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his children are not going trick-or-treating for Halloween this year.
He says this is because Ottawa, where he and his family live, is considered a COVID-19 hot spot and local public health officials have advised against children going door-to-door this year.
He says his children might take part in a hunt for candy around the house instead.
Trudeau says he understands how frustrating the pandemic is for parents and children but stressed it is important to listen to the guidance of local public health officials.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, has said that trick-or-treating can be done safely, but Canadians should follow the advice of local public health officials because the spread of the novel coronavirus is different across the country.
In British Columbia, Dr. Bonnie Henry has stated that trick-or-treating can be done safely with proper precautions.
“Keep it local, keep it small. Keep small groups and if you do want to have that trick-or-treating experience for children – very small groups,” she said.
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.
Canada’s chief public health doctor says in the age of social media, fake news about the COVID-19 pandemic has been spreading faster than the virus itself.
Dr. Theresa Tam says all Canadians must play a role in not letting false facts destroy the collective effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
That means they should not share information online that they have not verified as accurate.
There have been a number of false claims being spread about the Canadian pandemic effort in recent days, including one accusing the government of establishing COVID “confinement camps” and another alleging the government was planning to eliminate all personal debts, including mortgages and personal loans.
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