Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 4, 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 Nov. 3:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 15,800 (3,017 active)
• New cases since Nov. 2: 299
• Hospitalized cases: 92
• Intensive care: 22
• COVID-19 related deaths: 272 (3 new)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 6,888
• Recovered: 12,430
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 29
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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.
8:45 a.m. – Exposure alert issued for Abbotsford restaurant
The Bow & Stern seafood restaurant in Abbotsford has been temporarily closed after staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
Fraser Health says the possible exposures occurred on Oct. 24 (5-10 p.m.), 25 (3-10 p.m.) and 26 (5:30-10:30 p.m.)
Anyone who may have been at the Bow & Stern, located at 2551 Montrose
On Nov. 3, officials reported another 299 cases and three new deaths. That brings the total number of reported cases in B.C. up to 15,800, of which 3,017 are active.
Another 6,888 are under public health monitoring and are in self-isolation. To date, 272 people have died as a result and 12,430 have recovered.
Currently, 92 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 22 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
“As you know, we are continuing to see concerning and rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases within our region,” said Lee, encouraging anyone who is experiencing symptoms to get tested.
“While we continue to do better than other parts of Canada, we must work together to bring down the rates of transmission in our community.”
Fraser Health reported 830 cases over the weekend, and another 187 new cases on Tuesday, along with 2,315 active cases in Fraser Health, prompting new public health orders designed to curb the spread.
Tuesday’s briefing also highlighted a second COVID-19 test collection centre that is set to open in North Surrey on Nov. 12.
Despite the pandemic or maybe because of it, Vancouver’s real estate market experienced its second busiest October on record with sales up 29 per cent over last year.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says home sales last month totalled 3,687, well above the 2,858 sales recorded in October of 2019 and a 1.2 per cent increase from the 3,643 homes sold in September.
“Home has been a focus for residents during the pandemic. With more days and evenings spent at home this year, people are rethinking their housing situation,” said Colette Gerber, chair of the REBGV board.
Construction work on a new patient tower at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops has been shutdown after a group of construction workers tested positive for COVID-19.
Interior Health says the site voluntarily closed on Monday out of “an abundance of caution” and it’s unlikely that either hospital staff or patients were exposed.
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