Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 13, 2020.
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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS
As of the latest figures given on Nov. 12:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 20,368 (5,793 active)
• New cases since Nov. 10: 1,130
• Hospitalized cases: 155
• Intensive care: 44
• COVID-19 related deaths: 288 (4 new)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 11,091
• Recovered: 14,089
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 41
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.
5 a.m. – Santa Claus is “probably” immune to COVID-19
B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says Santa Claus is “probably” immune to COVID-19, but Christmas will still look a little different this year.
She says health officials are trying to determine how they can facilitate Santa’s visits because he’s going to be washing his hands a lot and probably won’t be eating cookies and milk in every house,
but they will find ways of making it work.
Henry says there won’t be a vaccine by Christmas to save the day, but people can do a number of small things to celebrate in a safe way, especially to protect elders.
She says the virus spreads more easily in cooler weather, particularly when people are inside, which is why it’s so important for people to reduce their contacts and step up their safety measures.
The news about Santa Claus comes as B.C. surpassed 20,000 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.
-The Canadian Press
COVID-19 positive test cases are doubling in B.C. every 13 days, and if that trend continues, it puts the province in dangerous territory.
The information comes out of the latest computer modelling released Thursday by the B.C. Ministry of Health that analyzes and projects coronavirus infection growth.
If the exponential growth continues — one that is being seen in many parts of the world — it will stretch the province’s ability to properly trace contacts of infected people, essential to further halting the spread of the virus, and could lead to further restrictions to those put in place last weekend, warned B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.
Hospitalizations have also been increasing, although deaths have not seen exponential growth, but the concern is that could happen if the cases continue to spike. Already, cases have begun to spill out of younger age groups into the much more vulnerable 80 years and older group.
12 a.m. – Health officials report 1,130 new cases, four deaths since Tuesday
Dr. Bonnie Henry announced today there had been 1,130 new cases of COVID-19 reported across the province over the last two days.
Of those cases, 536 were reported between Nov. 10 and 11 and an additional 594 were reported in the last 24 hours. The bulk of the new cases, 808, were reported in the Fraser Health region.
There were also four more deaths, bringing the total number of people who have died in B.C. to 288.
There are now 5,793 active cases in the province and 11,091 people are under active public health monitoring.
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