Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 26, 2020.
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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS
As of the latest figures given on Nov. 25:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 29,086 (7,616 active)
• New cases since Nov. 24: 738
• Hospitalized cases: 294
• Intensive care: 61
• COVID-19 related deaths: 371 (13 new)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 10,270
• Recovered: 19,814
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 63
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.
10:30 a.m. – Second wave hitting vulnerable people hardest
Dr. Theresa Tam says the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly reaching vulnerable people as the illness spreads in communities across the country.
Canada’s chief public health officer says people aged 80 and older now have the highest incidence rate of COVID-19 across the country, after a period when it seemed to be spreading most among younger adults.
Long-term care homes, hospitals and Indigenous and remote communities are also getting hit.
She calls that “deeply concerning,” since it means people are getting sick in places where it’s hard to get top-quality treatment.
Tam says 2,072 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on an average day in the past week and 75 people died.
The Canadian Press
It had been three days since Jordan Hoey’s COVID-19 fever had broken, and he was feeling like he was over it. Then blood appeared in a tissue.
It started as a red mist early on June 12 and, by the end of the day, the 29-year old Vancouver man was in an isolated COVID-19 treatment room at St. Paul’s Hospital — with blood clots in his lungs.
“My admission was the quickest experience at a hospital I’ve ever had,” he said. “I wasn’t aware of the complications that would come after I started to feel better. Blood clots were the last thing on my mind.”
B.C. parents and educators have mixed views about the idea of extending the winter break as a way of tamping down COVID-19 case numbers in the province.
The discussion comes as Alberta students in Grades 7 to 12 prepare to begin at-home learning next week. Students up to Grade 6 will attend classes until Dec. 18, and then students in all grades learn at home from the end of the winter break until Jan. 11.
B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, was asked last week whether she had given any thought to starting the winter break earlier. She said transmission rates are lower in schools than in other parts of the community and it is important for families and children to have in-person learning, but health officials are looking at all of their options and the data.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Wednesday that a further 738 people tested positive for COVID-19 and an additional 13 people have died from the respiratory disease. It was the pandemic’s deadliest day so far in British Columbia.
Of the new cases, 443 were recorded in the Fraser Health District, while 169 tested positive in Vancouver Coastal Health.
There are 294 people being treated in hospital with 61 in critical care.
There has been total of 29,066 positive tests and 371 COVID-19 related deaths in B.C. since the start of the pandemic. There have been more than 100 deaths in November alone.
There are 7,615 active cases in B.C.
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