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. 27:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 13,588 (2,322 active)
• New cases since Oct. 26: 217
• Hospitalized cases: 84
• Intensive care: 27
• COVID-19 related deaths: 259
• Cases under public health monitoring: 5,101
• 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 youth soccer club in Chilliwack has hired a security firm to patrol the sidelines during games because of what the club describes as “borderline violent” confrontations over COVID-19 restrictions.
In a letter posted on the Chilliwack FC website Tuesday, chair Andrea Laycock says some parents have made “poor decisions” about how they respond to contact tracers working with the team.
Laycock writes that some parents have treated contact tracers, club volunteers and staff so poorly that “it can be considered a potential violence in the workplace issue.”
Provincial health restrictions limit attendance at games to 49 and Chilliwack FC says enforcing that order means limiting each player to a single spectator.
Laycock says, in addition to the security firm doing “periodic sweeps” of venues, parents must sign the club’s COVID-19 policy by Thursday or their child will not be allowed to attend practices or games.
If any further issues are reported, she says offenders risk being banned from games or expelled from the club.
“We understand and respect these are difficult times for many of us but we simply cannot condone the shockingly poor behaviour we’ve seen the past couple of weeks,” Laycock says.
-The Canadian Press
12 a.m. -217 new cases, no additional deaths
B.C. health officials reported 217 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday in the province.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, says there are now 2,322 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 5,101 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
In total, there have been 13,588 cases in British Columbia, with 10,954 people who have recovered.
No new deaths were reported Tuesday, so the death toll from the disease remains 259.
12 a.m. – Fraser Health officials ask people not to hold private Halloween parties
Health officials in B.C.’s Fraser Valley are urging people not to hold private parties this Halloween weekend in order to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin, chief medical health officer for Fraser Health, says it’s fine to take children trick-or-treating in a safe way or get together in a restaurant, but people should refrain from gathering in homes.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has also said private gatherings in the Lower Mainland are the main driver of the rising COVID-19 case count in B.C.
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