Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Oct. 28, 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. 26:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 13,371 (2,325 active)
• New cases since Oct. 23: 817
• Hospitalized cases: 77
• Intensive care: 26
• COVID-19 related deaths: 259
• Cases under public health monitoring: 5,077
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 21
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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.
A Vancouver McDonald’s is closed temporarily after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 recently.
On Oct. 26, an employee at a McDonald’s located at 3695 Lougheed Hwy. in Vancouver reported a positive COVID-19 test result.
12 a.m. – B.C. records 817 new cases
British Columbia has endured a “sobering” weekend for COVID-19, with a record 817 cases, two total school closures, three deaths and an outbreak at the Surrey pretrial centre.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were now 2,325 active cases of the disease in B.C., of which 77 were being treated in hospital including 26 in intensive care.
Between Friday and Saturday, a total of 317 British Columbians tested positive for COVID-19, which is a new single-day record.
“This has been a sobering weekend for us in B.C.,” Henry said.
The province has recorded six consecutive days of 200 or more COVID-19 cases.
The provincial death toll from COVID-19 now sits at 259.
There are now 21 active outbreaks in health care facilities, including 19 long-term care facilities. The deadly Point Grey Hospital outbreak has ended. The community outbreak at the Fedex facility in Kelowna is over, while a fresh outbreak has appeared at the Surrey pretrial centre – which houses prisoners awaiting trial.
Outbreaks have been declared at Amenida Seniors Community and Agassiz Seniors Community, after one staff member at each facility tested positive for COVID-19.
Both care homes are in the Fraser Health authority region.
Fraser Health teams are now on site at both venues, communicating with families and working to contact trace. Both staff members are in self-isolation at their respective homes.
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