Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 17, 2020.
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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS
As of the latest figures given on Nov. 16:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 22,944 (6,279 active)
• New cases since Nov. 13: 1,959
• Hospitalized cases: 181
• Intensive care: 57
• COVID-19 related deaths: 299 (9 new)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 10,928
• Recovered: 16,087
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 52
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.
9:45 a.m. – Several staff test positive at Langley Superstore
Loblaw Companies Ltd. says four staff members at its Real Canadian Superstore location at in Langley have tested positive for COVID-19.
On the company website , Loblaw says the last days that the infected staff members worked at the Willowbrook Drive grocery store were on Nov. 6, Nov. 9, Nov. 10 and Nov. 13.
Meanwhile, a staff member at the Real Canadian Superstore on Gladwin Road in Abbotsford has also tested positive. Loblaw says that employee last worked on Nov. 13.
Neither store is listed on Fraser Health’s record of current public exposures .
9:30 a.m. – Vancouver Island bar fined for COVID violations
A bar in Campbell River has been fined $4,600 for failing to comply with COVID-19 health regulations.
Campbell River RCMP spokesperson Const. Maury Tyre said the bar, which police did not identify, had been visited multiple times by police and health officials for flouting B.C.’s COVID-19 Related Measures Act.
Tyre said the earlier visits were for “educational purposes” to ensure the rules, which include no more than six people to a table and cutting off liquor sales at 10 p.m., were being followed.
However, during a subsequent check on the downtown venue, officers found further violations and issued the bar two fines of $2,300.
“They were serving past 10, there were more than six people to a table … just about every regulation you can think of was not being followed,” said Tyre.
Actor Richard Schiff, who portrays Dr. Aaron Glassman as the Vancouver-shot TV series The Good Doctor, has been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19.
The 65-year-old Schiff confirmed on Twitter Monday that he is in hospital and being treated with a combination of the antiviral drug Remdesivir, oxygen and steroids.
Schiff, who tested positive on Nov. 3, says he is showing improvements every day.
Season 4 of The Good Doctor has been filming in Vancouver since Sept. 3.
His wife Sheila Kelley, who also stars on the ABC medical drama, and son Gus have also tested positive for the respiratory disease but have not been hospitalized. Kelley said she is in quarantine at their Vancouver home.
A new poll suggests the proportion of Canadians planning to get vaccinated for COVID-19 is on the rise after encouraging initial results from Pfizer’s vaccine trial.
Sixty-nine per cent of respondents said they plan to get inoculated against the novel coronavirus once Health Canada approves a vaccine that is broadly available and free, according to a survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies.
The number is a jump from the 63 per cent who said they would take up such an offer one month ago, and a return to levels of vaccine enthusiasm reported in a similar poll in July.
Nonetheless, 22 per cent of respondents said they did not intend to receive doses of the Pfizer vaccine in particular if it were ready in the spring, despite early results that suggest a 90 per cent efficiency rate. Another 22 per cent said they did not know.
The Canadian Press
Some people are asking when we will see masks mandated in B.C. The answer is that they already are.
The mandate to use masks appropriately is a cornerstone of businesses’ and organizations’ COVID-19 safety plans, and is embedded in our health care facilities’ operational policies and restart protocols in other public institutions.
The Vancouver Park Board will be keeping its three pitch & putt golf courses open all winter to give the public a safe place to socially distance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The courses at Stanley Park, Rupert Park and Queen Elizabeth Park will have new winter hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., that will take effect on Nov. 17.
The winter rates will be $10.17 (taxes included) for adults and $8 for seniors and youth.
It appears the majority of parents are giving the B.C. government a passing grade on managing a return to school during a pandemic.
In a new survey released by Insights West this week, 58 per cent of British Columbians, both parents and non-parents, “support the government’s current approach,” up from a survey conducted just before the September return.
That group includes 21 per cent – up from 13 per cent in a September survey – who strongly support how back-to-school was handled, while those who “somewhat support” the return remains at 37 per cent. When looking at responses from just parents, the level of support jumps up to 70 per cent, which includes 27 per cent who “strongly support.”
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