Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 9, 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. 7:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 17,716 (3,741 active)
• New cases since Nov. 6: 567
• Hospitalized cases: 104
• Intensive care: 31
• COVID-19 related deaths: 276 (1 new)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 7,887
• Recovered: 13,035
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 33
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.
9 a.m. – New outbreak declared at Fraser Health’s Normanna Living
A new outbreak has been declared at Normann Living, a Burnaby seniors care home.
The outbreak was declared after a staff member was found to have tested positive for COVID-19, and a rapid response team from Fraser Health is at the home.
“Communication with residents and families is underway. The staff member is currently in self-isolation at their home in long term care,” read a Fraser Health statement.
The team is now working to conduct contact tracing, enforce visitor restrictions and boost cleaning measures. All staff and residents are screened twice a day.
8 a.m. – Canada has bought 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccine
A COVID-19 vaccine may be rolled out by March to the most vulnerable, which along with other advances could fundamentally change the course of the pandemic, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Monday.
Bruce Aylward also told the WHO’s annual ministerial assembly that interim results announced from Pfizer Inc’s late-stage vaccine trials were “very positive.”
“There is still much work to be done, this is just interim results … but some very positive results coming today which should hold great promise hopefully for the entire world as we move forward,” Aylward told the 194-member state forum.
Pfizer said its experimental COVID-19 vaccine with partner BioNTech was more than 90% effective .
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says news that a COVID-19 vaccine candidate from Pfizer seems very effective in clinical trials is encouraging but it’s not an immediate solution to the pandemic.
In a news conference in Ottawa, Trudeau says an eventual vaccine is no use now to anyone who catches the virus that causes the illness.
So he says that there might be light at the end of the tunnel, but Canadians have to keep up good safety and hygiene practices until the vaccine arrives.
Canada has bought the rights to 20 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine, if it proves effective and Health Canada approves it for use here.
A new provincial health order issued this weekend is banning indoor and outdoor social gatherings and group physical activities for a period of two weeks, in light of a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases throughout Metro Vancouver.
“In the last two weeks, we have seen a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and outbreaks in health-care facilities centred primarily in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions,” said Henry on Saturday.
“These are the result of transmission in people’s homes and in many workplaces, including food processing facilities, retail locations, public venues, as well as with indoor group physical activities.”
With B.C.’s second wave of infection underway, officials are hoping the two-week period will help significantly slow rates of infection.
A number of B.C. flights have been flagged for COVID-19 exposures.
Over the weekend, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control added seven new flights to its COVID-19 exposure list.
Those who were on board an international flight with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are required to self-isolate and watch for symptoms for 14 days.
Those were on board a domestic flight with a confirmed case are not required to self-isolate but must monitor closely for possible symptoms.
The B.C. Ministry of Health clarified new public health orders for those in Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions on Sunday, indicating there are to be no social gatherings of any size with anyone other than your immediate household until Nov. 23 at noon.
It says this includes not only gatherings in your home, but also outdoors, at restaurants or at other venues.
Restaurants can remain open but guests must stick to a table with their own household members. These can include an immediate family member or a close friend or people that you have regular close contact with such as a co-parent who lives outside the household, said the ministry.
B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS
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