Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 10, 2020.
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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS
As of the latest figures given on Nov. 9:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 18,714 (4,891 active)
• New cases since Nov. 7: 998
• Hospitalized cases: 133
• Intensive care: 43
• COVID-19 related deaths: 281 (5 new)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 9,179
• Recovered: 13,425
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 37
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.
1 p.m. – TransLink and Vancouver Coastal Health launch new COVID-19 safety initiative
TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond, Teck Resources CEO Don Lindsay, and Vancouver Coastal Health Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Marthe Charles will launch a new COVID-19 safety initiative for public transit in Metro Vancouver.
The event will be live-streamed on the TransLink News Twitter page
8:30 a.m. – WorkSafeBC stepping up inspections of businesses in two health regions
WorkSafeBC says it will step up inspections of businesses in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal health regions, as B.C.’s number of COVID-19 cases surge.
The focus of the inspections is to ensure employers are following measures to stop the transmission, said Al Johnson, head of prevention services for WorkSafeBC, in a statement Tuesday.
“We are urging employers to stay vigilant, including revisiting their existing COVID-19 Safety Plan and updating it as conditions change.”
Workplaces identified as having the highest risk for COVID-19 transmission are being prioritized for inspections, including those where it is difficult to maintain physical distance.
The agency will also step up inspections at places where workers interact with large numbers of people, such as restaurants, and where staff come into frequent contact with shared surfaces, tools and equipment.
WorkSafeBC says it will also step up consultations with employers about COVID-19.
“Workplace health and safety are essential in protecting workers and keeping businesses open,” said Johnson. “Employers need to ensure their COVID-19 plan is effective, that it’s followed to the letter, and that it’s applied to all aspects of the workplace.”
The inspections and consultations follow new orders issued Saturday from the provincial government aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions.
6 a.m. – Poll suggests more than two-thirds of Canadians support curfew
More than two-thirds of Canadians say they would support a curfew if the COVID-19 pandemic became serious enough, according to a new poll.
The survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies found that 67 per cent of Canadians would back a temporary nighttime curfew of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to curb viral spread in dire circumstances.
However, respondents’ enthusiasm varied by age, with young people less disposed to the notion.
Fifty-five per cent of respondents aged 18 to 34 said they would support a curfew, while three-quarters of those aged 55 and over endorsed it, including 80 per cent of those over 65.
Two out of three respondents between the ages of 35 and 54 also took to the idea.
The prospect of a curfew has been floated in several provinces, with Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister saying last week he was mulling it.
Pallister backed away from the possibility Monday after he asked Manitobans to weigh in via an online government survey.
Canadians in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec were less inclined support a curfew, with fewer than two-thirds of residents there giving the thumbs-up, the survey found.
Well over 70 per cent of respondents in B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Atlantic provinces said they would back a curfew.
Nevertheless, majorities in all age groups, and in every part of the country, backed the idea if the COVID-19 pandemic were severe and public health officials recommended it.
-The Canadian Press
5 a.m. – BCIT launches a shop local campaign to help businesses affected by COVID-19
The website features more than 20 local BCIT alumni-owned online stores, from ethical dog supplies and minimalist planter pots sourced from Vancouver, to wellness products and modern home décor.
The market is live until Dec. 31.
12 a.m. – Huge distribution problems in B.C. for promising deep-freeze vaccine
A new vaccine, with a Vancouver connection, could be available in B.C. in the first quarter of 2021, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday.
However, the province will have to overcome a significant supply-chain challenge to get it distributed — as it must be kept at minus-70 C or lose its effectiveness.
“That is one of the lights at the end of the tunnel,” said Henry, referring to the RNA vaccine — developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE — that is now shown in large-scale trials to protect more than 90 per cent of people from COVID-19.
“I think it’s fantastic. The preliminary analysis that they’ve done on a subset of (volunteers) shows that there’s good effect from the vaccine. So that’s great news. And that means that we’re on track for potentially having this vaccine available, both around the world, but here in Canada and in B.C., in the first quarter of 2021.”
Henry warned, though, that distributing the vaccine — developed using biotechnology from Vancouver company Acuitas Therapeutics — would be challenging because there were not a lot of ultralow temperature freezers in B.C. or freezer trucks that could handle the vaccine.
12 a.m. – 998 new cases, five additional deaths in British Columbia
On Monday, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, announced 998 new coronavirus cases in B.C. over two days, along with five new deaths.
The updated numbers bring total confirmed cases in B.C. to 18,714 and the deaths to 281.
There are 4,891 active cases with 133 people in hospital, including 43 in ICU.
There are 9,179 people in self isolation after being potentially exposed to the disease. Of the new cases, 536 were reported between noon Saturday and noon Sunday and 462 between noon Sunday and noon Monday.
The majority of cases continues to be in the Fraser Health region (that covers 1.8 million people).
Henry said there were 37 active outbreaks in long-term care facilities, including two reported between noon Saturday and noon Monday. Of those outbreaks, 32 are in long-term care facilities. So far, 535 staff members at long-term care facilities have caught the disease. The COVID-19 death toll in B.C. is 281.
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