Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Oct. 26, 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. 23:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 12,554 (2,009 active)
• New cases since Oct. 22: 223
• Hospitalized cases: 75
• Intensive care: 24
• COVID-19 related deaths: 256
• Cases under public health monitoring: 4,637
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 18
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 a.m. – Liberals warns PPE contracts would be jeopardized by probe of pandemic response
Canada’s procurement minister says federal contracts for personal protective equipment, vaccines and rapid test kits are in jeopardy due to a proposed parliamentary probe of the Trudeau government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anita Anand says the probe could trigger the release of commercially sensitive information, scaring off manufacturers and drug companies that would otherwise do business with Ottawa and ultimately placing Canadians’ health at risk.
Anand warns that the House of Commons law clerk does not have the expertise in procurement to properly redact records that would surface through the probe.
Opposition parties are poised to approve the probe this afternoon despite growing objections from industry and experts.
A Conservative motion would order the government to turn over to the Commons health committee all records on a raft of issues related to the government’s handling of the pandemic.
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Canada is the latest to express concerns, asking to know how its commercial secrets will be protected.
The Canadian Press
12 a.m. – Spa manufacturer remains closed following outbreak
Coast Spas Manufacturing remains closed after 12 employees tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
All employees were to be screened and contact tracing was underway. All employees who have tested positive and their close contacts have been ordered to self-isolate.
“Fraser Health Public Health first became aware of COVID-19 cases at this location on October 13th,” the health authority said in a statement on Friday.
“Fraser Health has issued a closure order to the facility, and we are working with the operator to strengthen their COVID-19 mitigation strategies.”
The past 14-day COVID case count per 100,000 persons in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions is within a limit that would trigger a return to general in-class learning in similar-sized King County in Washington State.
King County’s most recent reported accumulated two-week daily total was 94 cases per 100,000 residents.
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