Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 2, 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. 30:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 14,381 (2,390 active)
• New cases since Oct. 29: 272
• Hospitalized cases: 78
• Intensive care: 25
• COVID-19 related deaths: 263 (1 new)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 6,003
• Recovered: 11,670
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 26
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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.
British Columbia appears at the cusp of two possible pathways with the number of positive COVID-19 tests rapidly rising, largely concentrated in the Fraser Health region, and hospitalizations increasing.
One pathway could see cases spreading from the Fraser Health region to the Vancouver Coastal Health region and the prospect of reintroduced restrictions.
The other pathway could see successful contact tracing and isolation putting a cap on escalating cases in the Fraser Health region, a method that has been used successfully in B.C. previously, which could keep the rising cases and hospitalizations under control.
After B.C.’s provincial health officer warned against indoor social gatherings for Halloween, it appears some revellers took that advice to heart — taking their party outdoors on Saturday night.
Downtown Vancouver’s Granville Street was filled with revellers on Saturday evening, leading to a number of online posts by people expressing disbelief or frustration over the scene.
Four additional flights have been added to B.C.’s COVID-19 exposure watch list.
The exposure notice means someone with a positive case of COVID-19 was on board the plane and other passengers are being asked to watch closely for symptoms and possible infection.
Those flights include:
• Oct. 18, Flair 8186, Edmonton to Prince George, No row information
• Oct. 23, Air Canada 127, Toronto to Vancouver, Row 19 to 25
• Oct. 23, West Jet 725, Toronto to Vancouver, Row 4 to 10
• Oct. 28, West Jet 725, Toronto to Vancouver, Row 4 to 8
Outbreaks at a food processing facility and a distribution facility in the Fraser Health region were declared over on Sunday.
In a prepared statement, Fraser Health reported outbreaks at J&L Beef Ltd. and Valhalla Distribution/MSJ Distribution were over after “the implementation of comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in community settings.”
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