Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 12, 2020.
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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS
As of the latest figures given on Nov. 10:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 19,239 (5,133 active)
• New cases since Nov. 9: 525
• Hospitalized cases: 142
• Intensive care: 46
• COVID-19 related deaths: 284 (3 new)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 9,781
• Recovered: 13,704
• 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.
12 a.m. – Fraser Health declares COVID-19 outbreaks at three more long term care homes
Fraser Health has declared COVID-19 outbreaks at three more long term care homes, one in Langley and two in Surrey.
A resident at Chartwell Langley Gardens, a resident at Peace Portal Seniors Village in Surrey, and a staff member at The Harrison at Elim Village in Surrey have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Fraser Health says a rapid response team is at each site, and communication with residents and families is underway.
The two residents and one staff member are in self-isolation at their homes.
Chartwell Langley Gardens is an independent living, assisted living, and long term care site in Langley that is owned and operated by Chartwell Retirement Residences.
The Harrison at Elim Village is a long term care site in Surrey that is operated by Elim Christian Care Society, while Peace Portal Seniors Village is a long term care facility in Surrey that is owned and operated by Retirement Concepts.
British Columbia’s Interior Health authority has issued a COVID-19 alert to its residents as cases rise in the region.
The authority says in a statement that it’s concerned by the upward trend and frequency of new local clusters.
The provincial health officer’s order limiting social interactions don’t apply to Interior Health, but it says in a statement that it needs the public’s help to prevent further restrictions.
It is asking people to avoid non-essential travel, including unnecessary visits to the Lower Mainland or other jurisdictions with surging COVID-19 cases .
B.C.’s provincial court has also issued its latest health measure saying the provincial public health office has advised that courts are exempt from the recommendation that masks be worn in all public places.
However, the court says in a statement that all three B.C. courts have issued a joint recommendation that strongly encourages the wearing of face masks in courthouses.
It says those who don’t have a mask will be provided one by a sheriff, although there are exemptions for children under two or for people with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask.
Another public exposure has been identified in the Fraser Health authority, this time in a Sikh temple in Abbotsford , B.C.
Health officials warn those who attended the Gurdwara Baba Banda Singh Bahadar Sikh Society on several days between Oct. 26 and Nov. 6 may be at risk.
-The Canadian Press
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