Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 16, 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.
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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS
As of the latest figures given on Nov. 13:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 20,985 (5,579 active)
• New cases since Nov. 12: 617
• Hospitalized cases: 167
• Intensive care: 50
• COVID-19 related deaths: 290 (2 new)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 12,016
• Recovered: 14,901
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 41
The next update is Monday at 3 p.m. and will be streamed live on this page.
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.
The briefing will be streamed live on this page.
Tofino and Ucluelet are asking residents from the Lower Mainland to stay away for at least the next eight days.
In a statement, the District of Ucluelet, Tourism Ucluelet and the Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce asked residents of the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions to postpone their visits until after noon on Monday, Nov. 23.
A COVID-19 outbreak and clusters forced the two-week closures of three Metro Vancouver schools over the weekend — with more than 850 people in self isolation.
An outbreak at Cambridge Elementary in Surrey (including a music teacher hospitalized in serious but stable condition) was declared on Saturday, with seven cases. Clusters were reported at Jarvis Elementary in Delta (with six) and Al-Hidayah School in New Westminster (with eight.) An outbreak is a cluster that is out of control.
While British Columbia struggles with hundreds of new COVID-19 cases each day, school-aged children are not suffering the worst effects of the novel coronavirus.
“There is very little transmission occurring in schools,” said Dr. Meena Dawar, a medical health officer with Vancouver Coastal Health. “The epidemiology of COVID is not driven by schools or illness in young children.”
Public safety officials say they’re concerned that Canadian residents are frequenting a small park on the U.S.-Canada border as a way to circumvent public health and Quarantine Act requirements while meeting loved ones, and they’re warning those that do may face fines or other penalties.
Promising vaccines for COVID-19 will all need to be stored and transported in rigorously chilly conditions — some as low as -80°C — so cold that only specialized freezers are capable of storing them.
Creating a new vaccine in months instead of years means that manufacturers haven’t had time to figure out whether their vaccine molecules will degrade quickly at warmer temperatures, said Thomas Madden, president of Vancouver’s Acuitas Therapeutics.
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