Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Oct. 29, 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. 29:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 14,109 (2,344 active)
• New cases since Oct. 28: 234
• Hospitalized cases: 86
• Intensive care: 24
• COVID-19 related deaths: 262 (1 new)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 5,714
• Recovered: 11,448
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 25
B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS
LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.
Health officials shared a sobering story during Thursday’s COVID-19 update, meant to drive home the tragedy that could be prevented when people adhere health orders and guidelines.
“It is something that reminds us of how important the measures that we need to take right now can be in protective lives,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, who said Thursday that B.C. is “in a danger zone.”
Henry said the latest death recorded was of a woman in her 80s who attended a small birthday party of less than 10 people in a private home.
Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, Minister of Health Adrian Dix and Dr. Victoria Lee, president and CEO of Fraser Health hosted Thursday’s COVID-19 briefing in Surrey on Thursday.
B.C. saw 234 new cases and one death reported between Wednesday and Thursday, bringing the province’s total number of reported cases up to 14,109 since the start of the pandemic. There are are now 2,344 active cases of COVID-19.
Of those, 86 remain in hospital, of which 24 are in the intensive care unit.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 4,588 cases reported in Vancouver Coastal Health, 8,036 in Fraser Health, 256 in Vancouver Island, 734 in Interior Health, 464 in Northern Health and 89 who are non-B.C. residents.
There have been five new health-care facility outbreaks: The Gateway Assisted Living for Seniors, Mayfair Terrace Retirement Residence, Lakeview Care Centre, Louis Brier Home and Hospital, and Yaletown House. The outbreak at Zion Park Manor has been declared over.
Beginning this weekend, the Capilano River Hatchery in North Vancouver will be closed to visitors.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said Thursday that the hatchery has seen a steep increase in visitors, which has become unsustainable.
The hatchery will now be closed on Saturdays and Sundays “in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the DFO said, in a news release.
The outdoor interpretive centre at Capilano Hatchery will be open to the public Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
“We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that we are providing the safest possible educational experience for all visitors, while protecting out staff, and may adjust our hours accordingly,” said Lori Davies, a spokesperson for the DFO.
There were 287 new cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday and two deaths.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were now 2,316 active cases of the disease, with 87 of those cases being treated in hospital – including 25 in intensive care.
Henry said there are 5,358 people in self isolation after being potentially exposed to the virus, and 11,244 people who had been recovered.
There have been 261 deaths from COVID-19 in B.C.
There are 22 active outbreaks in health-care facilities including a new one at the PICS Society assisted-living facility in Surrey. The outbreaks at Dr. Al Hogg Pavilion and at Delta Hospital have been declared over.
Henry said there had been a fresh community outbreak at the Okanagan Men’s Centre addiction treatment facility north of Kelowna.
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