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COVID-19 update for Nov. 5: B.C. man charged with violating Quarantine Act – Gananoque Reporter

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 5, 2020.

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 5, 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.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day.


B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on Nov. 5:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 16,560 (3,389 active)
• New cases since Nov. 2: 425
• Hospitalized cases: 97
• Intensive care: 24
• COVID-19 related deaths: 273 (0 new)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 7,519
• Recovered: 12,806
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 32

IN-DEPTH: COVID-19: Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: Have you been exposed? Here are all B.C. public health alerts

COVID-19 at B.C. schools: Here are the school district exposure alerts

COVID-19: Avoid these hand sanitizers that are recalled in Canada

COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

3 p.m. – Health officials announce 425 additional cases, no new deaths

Health officials confirmed 425 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. on Thursday, the highest one-day total so far.

Hospitalizations across the province rose to 97. There were no new deaths.

Noon – B.C. man charged with violating Quarantine Act

A B.C. man has been charged with violating the Quarantine Act after returning from an out-of-country flat earth conference, and bragging about his refusal to self-isolate during a rally in downtown Vancouver.

Makhan Singh Parhar, 47, was arrested Monday by New Westminster police, less than a week after re-entering Canada from the United States.

Parhar recently returned from Greenville, South Carolina, where he attended Flatoberfest 2020 — a one-day gathering of self-described “alternative cosmology enthusiasts.”

Even after receiving a violation ticket, Parhar continued leaving his residence, New Westminster police said in a news release.

7:45 a.m. – Health officials warn of possible exposure at Surrey sports bar

Fraser Health is warning the public about potential COVID-19 exposure at a sports bar in Surrey.

The health agency says anyone who visited Baselines Pub at 8233 166 Street in the Fleetwood neighbourhood between Oct. 23 and 26 may have been exposed to the virus.

The exposure threat is considered low risk, but Fraser Health advises those visited the pub on those days to monitor themselves for symptoms.

12 a.m. – Dan Fumano: Vancouver mayor says big cities ‘shafted’ by province on COVID-19 funds

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart is blasting the B.C. government for shortchanging the province’s biggest cities, including his, in the distribution of COVID-19 recovery funds.

The city is already looking at cuts, including possible layoffs, as well as the largest drawdown in recent memory from reserve funds to make up for a $60 million revenue shortfall in the 2021 budget. But on Wednesday, Stewart told city council he was shocked to learn the city’s finances are under even more pressure than previously thought; while they had anticipated almost $60 million of COVID-19 relief, instead they’ll only receive $16.3 million.

12 a.m. –  B.C. health officials announce 335 new cases, 1 new death

Health officials confirmed 335 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and 1 new death. New outbreaks were declared at three more healthcare facilities, bringing the total number of such facilities contending with outbreaks to 31.

12 a.m. – Dr. Tam now recommends three-layer masks

The new federal recommendation to wear a face mask with three layers of protection will be easy to follow for anyone who bought them with the opening for an optional filter.

The handmade fabric masks Stephanie Schneider created and sold at her East Vancouver designer studio Glasnost soon after COVID-19 hit have always had an opening for inserting a “filter” layer.

“I hadn’t had any requests (for masks with openings), but everybody buying them had the option to put in a filter, just in case it was suggested (someday),” she said.

She didn’t sell the filters but customers told her they made their own using blue absorbent shop towels or square pieces cut from microfibre shopping bags.

The new recommendation comes from Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, who this week said non-medical masks should be made of at least three layers. She stressed their importance in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 as the cold weather pushes people indoors amid a second in cases.

The Public Health Agency of Canada said masks should be made of two layers of tightly woven fabric such as cotton or linen, plus a third layer of a “filter-type fabric” such as polypropylene, a non-woven man-made fabric. Tam also said it’s most important that the masks fit snugly, ideally with a nose pinch, and cover the nose and mouth.

12 a.m. – COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths may continue to rise in coming weeks: Tam

Severe cases of COVID-19 may rise in the coming days and weeks as hospitalizations and deaths catch up to the recent spread of the illness, Canada’s chief public health officer warned on Wednesday.Dr. Theresa Tam said hospitalizations and deaths trail behind new cases, raising concerns that the worst impacts of the second wave could be yet to come.

“As hospitalizations and deaths tend to lag behind increased disease activity by one to several weeks, the concern is that we have yet to see the extent of severe impacts associated with the ongoing increase in COVID-19 disease activity,” she said in a statement.

“As well, influenza and respiratory infections typically increase during the fall and winter, placing increased demands on hospitals.”

Tam said the number of severe cases continues to rise across the country, with an average of almost 1,200 people in hospital and 40 new deaths per day across Canada in the last seven days.

The Canadian Press

12 a.m. – Human behaviour,  not temperature, is driving the spread of the deadly virus

Summer may have provided a welcome reprieve from the monotony of isolation, but it didn’t do much to slow the spread of COVID-19. Researchers at the University of Texas in Austin have found that temperature and humidity are minor players in the war against the virus and said the main factor fuelling transmission is human behaviour.

Their work, which was published last week in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found that travel and time away from home were to blame for up to 60 per cent of the spread of the virus.

“The effect of weather is low and other features such as mobility have more impact,” said Dev Niyogi, lead researcher and professor at UT Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences and Cockrell School of Engineering. “In terms of relative importance, weather is one of the last parameters.”

12 a.m. – Exposure alert issued for Abbotsford restaurant

The Bow & Stern seafood restaurant in Abbotsford has been temporarily closed after staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

Fraser Health says the possible exposures occurred on Oct. 24 (5-10 p.m.), 25 (3-10 p.m.) and 26 (5:30-10:30 p.m.)

Anyone who may have been at the Bow & Stern at 2551 Montrose Ave. on those dates is advised to self-monitor for symptoms.



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press

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COVID-19 update for Dec. 2: Here's the latest on coronavirus in B.C. – Vancouver Sun

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“The surprise is that we haven’t seen more children infected during this pandemic,” said study leader Dr. Manish Sadarangani, an investigator at B.C. Children’s Hospital. “It seems to be behaving very differently to other viruses like influenza and the usual common-cold viruses that circulate and that we see every year.”

The SPRING study is recruiting 2,500 children and young adults — anyone up to 24 years of age — to be test subjects, filling out a questionnaire and being subject to a finger-prick blood test that detects antibodies to the SARS-CoV2 virus, which causes COVID-19. Several thousand more participants will be added in the months to come.

12 a.m.  – B.C. records 656 news cases and 16 more deaths in the past 24 hours

Sixteen more people in B.C. have died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, according to the latest update from health officials. That brings the total number of deaths in B.C. since the start of the pandemic to 457.

Officials also reported an additional 656 cases since Monday, bringing the total number of active cases to 8,796. Of those, there are now 336 people in hospital, including 76 in the ICU.

There is also one new health-care facility outbreak, at The Harrison at Elim Village, while two previous outbreaks were declared over: Holy Family Hospital and Jackman Manor.

12 a.m. – Fraser Health purchases 14 virus-zapping robot cleaners

Fraser Health has added 14 virus-zapping robot cleaners to its infectious health team.

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B.C. sets record for COVID-19 patients in hospital, ICU, and deaths in a day – Richmond News

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The number of British Columbians dying from COVID-19-related complications has started to ramp up, with 16 fatalities in the past 24 hours, and 58 deaths in the past four days.

The 16 deaths in a 24-hour period is a record, and it comes on the heels of 42 deaths in a three-day period, which was announced yesterday but not broken down by day. In total 457 people in B.C. have died from the virus.

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Provincial health officer Bonnie Henry said November 30 that the surge in deaths was not directly linked to the record number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units (ICU) because most of the deaths reported yesterday were seniors in long-term care homes who died in those facilities. It was not clear if that pattern continued today.

Nonetheless, the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital and in ICU hit a record yesterday as well as today. There are now 336 such patients in hospital – up 20 from yesterday. The number of COVID-19-infected patients in ICU rose by one, compared with yesterday, and is now at 76.

Some good news is that the number of people actively infected with the virus has fallen by 59, to 8,796.

There were 656 new COVID-19 infections identified in B.C. in the past day, including three epi-linked cases, which are presumed and not based on tests. That brings the total number of people infected by the virus in B.C., since the COVID-19 first arrived on January 28, to 33,894.

The breakdown of where the new infections are located is as follows:

• 140 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
• 408 in Fraser Health;
• 10 in Island Health;
• 83 in Interior Health; and
• 15 in Northern Health.

One seniors’ facility, the Harrison at Elim Village in Surrey, which recently had an outbreak that was deemed to be over, once again is listed as having an outbreak.

Outbreaks at Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver and Jackman Manor in the Township of Langley are newly declared to be over.

Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in their afternoon statement that there were no new community outbreaks.

That leaves a total of 61 outbreaks at healthcare facilities or seniors’ homes.
The five ongoing active outbreaks at acute-care facilities, or hospitals, are at:

• Burnaby Hospital in Burnaby;
• Langley Memorial Hospital in Langley;
• Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver;
• Ridge Meadows Hospital in Maple Ridge; and
• Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey;
The 56 outbreaks at seniors’ homes are broken down by health region.

There are 15 active outbreaks at seniors’ facilities in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, and they include:

• Arbutus Care Centre in Vancouver;
• Banfield Pavilion, in Vancouver;
• Revera Capilano Care Centre in West Vancouver;
• Columbus Residence in Vancouver;
• German Canadian Care Home in Vancouver;
• Lakeview Care Centre in Vancouver;
• Little Mountain Place in Vancouver;
• Renfrew Care Centre in Vancouver;
• Royal Ascot Care Centre in Vancouver;
• Royal Arch Masonic Home long-term care facility in Vancouver;
• St. Judes Anglican Home in Vancouver;
• Three Links Care Centre long-term care facility in Vancouver;
• Villa Cathay Care Home in Vancouver;
• Windermere Care Centre in Vancouver; and
• Youville Residence in Vancouver.

The 33 outbreaks at seniors’ facilities in the ​Fraser Health region include:

• Agassiz Seniors Community in Agassiz;
• Agecare Harmony Court Estates in Burnaby;
• Agecare Court Estates in Burnaby;
• Al Hogg Pavilion in White Rock;
• Amenida Seniors Community in Surrey;
• Amica White Rock in White Rock
• Belvedere Care Centre in Coquitlam;
• CareLife Fleetwood in Surrey;
• Chartwell Langley Gardens in Langley;
• Cottage-Worthington Pavilion in Abbotsford;
• Fellburn Care Centre long-term care facility in Burnaby;
• Finnish Manor in Burnaby;
• Fleetwood Villa Retirement Residence in Surrey;
• Fort Langley Seniors Community in Fort Langley;
• George Derby Centre in Burnaby;
• Good Samaritan Delta View Care Center 2 long-term care facility in Delta;
• Harrison Pointe retirement home in Langley;
• Harrison at Elim Village in Surrey;
• Hawthorne Seniors Care Community long-term care in Port Coquitlam;
• Hawthorne Seniors Care Community assisted living in Port Coquitlam;
• Hollyrood Manor long-term care home in Maple Ridge;
• Jackman Manor in Langley Township;
• Laurel Place long-term care facility in Surrey;
• Menno Home in Abbotsford;
• Morgan Place Care Society in Surrey;
• Northcrest Care Centre in Delta;
• PICS Assisted Living in Surrey;
• Queen’s Park Care Centre in New Westminster;
• Sunset Manor in Chilliwack;
• Tabor Home in Abbotsford;
• The Residence at Clayton Heights in Surrey;
• The Residence in Mission;
• Valley Haven Care Home in Chilliwack; and
• White Rock Senior Village in White Rock.

There are two outbreaks at seniors’ homes in Northern Health: North Peace Seniors Housing Society buildings in Fort St. John, and Rotary Manor Dawson Creek in Dawson Creek.

Three outbreaks are at seniors’ living facilities in the Island Health region:

• Tsawaayuss-Rainbow Gardens in Port Alberni;
• Discovery Care Centre in Campbell River; and
• Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead in Victoria.

The Interior Health region has three seniors’ facility outbreaks, at:

• Orchard Manor in Kelowna;
• Mountainview Village in Kelowna; and
• Sun Pointe Village in Kelowna.

Henry said that it can be hard to tell how the virus gets into seniors’ care facilities – whether the transmission starts with staff or with visitors.

“We’ve restricted visitors in long term care, as you know, because of the devastation,” Henry said yesterday. “We only have to look at this weekend to know what happens when the virus gets in.”

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Interior Health reports 83 new cases of COVID-19 over past 24 hours – Kamloops This Week

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Interior Health has reported a record 83 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.

The region now has 535 active cases with 18 people in hospital and four of those in critical care.

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The new cases are part of 656 new cases announced by the province on Tuesday.

The province also reported 16 further deaths due to COVID-19, none of which occurred in the Interior Health region.

Active cases in the province now total 8,796, with another 10,123 people under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.

B.C. now has 336 people in hospital, with 76 of those in critical care.

Of the province’s now 33,894 total confirmed cases, 23,774 have recovered while 457 have died.

Elsewhere in the province, new cases include 140 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 408 in Fraser Health, 10 in Vancouver Island Health and 15 in Northern Health.

A cluster of cases in Revelstoke has now grown to 46 total cases, with 32 of those remaining active. The health authority is continuing its contact tracing efforts.

“This cluster illustrates that COVID-19 is in smaller rural communities as well as larger urban centres,” reads a notice from Interior Health sent to media Tuesday afternoon.

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