Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 6, 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. 5:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 16,560 (3,389 active)
• New cases since Nov. 4: 425
• Hospitalized cases: 97
• Intensive care: 24
• COVID-19 related deaths: 273 (0 new)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 7,519
• Recovered: 12,806
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 32
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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.
8:50 a.m. – 254 new COVID-19 cases in Indigenous communities
The federal Indigenous Services Department says there were 254 new cases of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities in the last week of October.
At last count, there were 542 active cases on First Nations.
The department says the increase is mostly attributable to large gatherings in both public and private places, where participants didn’t wear masks or stay a safe distance apart.
One large group event in Saskatchewan led to 11 separate outbreaks in the province.
The government says it’s working particularly closely with First Nations and the provincial government in Manitoba to try to get outbreaks there under control.
The founder of a Metro Vancouver indoor cycling business has slammed provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry for labelling his enterprise “dangerous,” while not issuing an order that it close.
Dominik Desbois, founder of Spin Society (with studios in Downtown Vancouver, Mount Pleasant and North Vancouver), said Henry’s comments on Thursday were “both reckless and damaging to small businesses such as ours.”
Henry, who reported a daily record of 425 new cases of COVID-19 in the province on Thursday, said that although she hasn’t ordered spin classes to close, she considers them to be “dangerous.”
Henry said there were no COVID-19-related deaths reported between noon Wednesday and noon Thursday, and there were 3,389 active cases of the disease — of which 97 were being treated in hospital, including 24 in intensive care.
She said Thursday’s reported cases were based on 11,020 tests — making a test-positive rate of 3.8 per cent, which is an increase over recent weeks. Fraser Health continues to account for the bulk of cases at over 60 per cent.
A B.C. man has been charged with violating the Quarantine Act after returning from an out-of-country flat earth conference, and bragging about his refusal to self-isolate during a rally in downtown Vancouver.
Makhan Singh Parhar, 47, was arrested Monday by New Westminster police, less than a week after re-entering Canada from the United States.
Parhar recently returned from Greenville, South Carolina, where he attended Flatoberfest 2020 — a one-day gathering of self-described “alternative cosmology enthusiasts.”
Even after receiving a violation ticket, Parhar continued leaving his residence, New Westminster police said in a news release.
Fraser Health is warning the public about potential COVID-19 exposure at a sports bar in Surrey.
The health agency says anyone who visited Baselines Pub at 8233 166 Street in the Fleetwood neighbourhood between Oct. 23 and 26 may have been exposed to the virus.
The exposure threat is considered low risk, but Fraser Health advises those visited the pub on those days to monitor themselves for symptoms.
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