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Fraser Health outbreaks push active COVID-19 infections in B.C. to all-time high of 2390 – Bowen Island Undercurrent

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B.C. has never had more people actively battling COVID-19 infections, as new government data showed a total of 2,390 people suffering with the virus that has spurred a global pandemic. 

That’s 46 more people suffering with the illness than was the case yesterday and it comes as 272 people were newly identified as infected in the past 24 hours. With 10,420 tests conducted, the day’s positive-test rate was 2.6%.

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The hotspot for new infections remains the 1.8-million-resident Fraser Health region, which includes much of the eastern and southern Lower Mainland, including 20 communities, such as Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, Delta, Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack, but not Richmond or Vancouver.

Only about two-thirds of the new cases are from Fraser Health today, however. That’s down from the average in the past week, which had seen about three-quarters of all new cases located in the Fraser Health region. 

Here is the breakdown of all 14,381 detected COVID-19 cases in B.C., by health region, with new cases identified overnight in brackets:
• 4,664 in Vancouver Coastal Health (76);
• 8,219 in Fraser Health (183);
• 256 in Island Health (no change);
• 741 in Interior Health (seven);
• 412 in Northern Health (six); and
• 89 people who reside outside Canada (no change).

The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital fell by six to 78, with 25 of those people having infections serious enough to be in intensive care units. 

The vast majority of those infected are self-isolating at home. Health officials are keeping tabs on a record 6,003 people because those individuals have come into contact with others who are known to be carrying the virus.

The vast majority of COVID-19 patients recover: 11,670, or more than 81%.

One new death was recorded overnight, pushing the provincial death toll from the disease to 263. That leaves 58 patients unaccounted for, and health officials have told BIV that it is likely that they left the province without alerting authorities.

“There has been one new community outbreak, at Suncor Firebag Oil Sands,” provincial health officer Bonnie Henry, and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement. “There continue to be exposure events around the province.”

One hospital in Fraser Health, Surrey Memorial Hospital, has had an outbreak for weeks. That health authority earlier this week declared that the outbreak at Delta Hospital is over.

There are three new outbreaks at seniors’ homes and healthcare facilities:
• Hawthorne Seniors Care Community in Port Coquitlam;
• CareLife Fleetwood in Surrey; and 
• Queen’s Park Hospital: Unit 3C NMSK 2.

Three such outbreaks have been declared over: 
• Fort Langley Seniors Community in Fort Langley;
• Sunset Manor in Chilliwack;
• The Village in Langley.

Fraser Health yesterday declared that the outbreak at Good Samaritan Victoria Heights, in New Westminster, is over, and the province confirmed that news today.

Other seniors’ long-term care and assisted living facilities in B.C. that have active outbreaks, include:
• Gateway Assisted Living for Seniors in Surrey;
• Mayfair Terrace Retirement Residence in Port Coquitlam;
• Louis Breyer Home and Hospital in Vancouver;
• Revera Lakeview long-term care home in Vancouver;
• Evergreen Baptist Care Society in White Rock;
• Queens Park Care Centre in New Westminster;
• Three Links Care Centre in Vancouver;
• Royal Arch Masonic Home in Vancouver;
• Haro Park Centre long-term care facility in Vancouver;
• Banfield Pavilion 4 West in Vancouver;
• Peace Portal Seniors Village in Surrey;
• Rosemary Heights Seniors Village in Surrey;
• Zion Park Manor in Surrey;
• Laurel Place in Surrey;
• Amenida Seniors Community in Surrey;
• Baillie House in Maple Ridge;
• Fellburn Care Centre long-term care facility in Burnaby;
• St. Michael’s Centre long-term care facilityin Burnaby;
• Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge in Burnaby; and
• Agassiz Seniors Community in Agassiz.

“As we all enjoy Halloween tomorrow, make it about the treats and not the tricks,” Henry and Dix said.

“Respect homes that are choosing not to participate this year and give everyone the space to stay safe, both indoors and outdoors.”

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B.C. to provide update on new COVID-19 cases – CTV Edmonton

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VICTORIA —
B.C. health officials are slated to release a written update on COVID-19 cases, outbreaks and deaths discovered in the province over the past 24 hours.

The update is expected after 3 p.m. Thursday.

On Wednesday, health officials announced 738 new cases of COVID-19, as well as 13 more deaths related to the virus.

The update marked the deadliest day in B.C. since the pandemic began.

As of Wednesday, B.C. has seen a total of 29,086 cases of COVID-19, 7,616 of which are considered active. Of those cases, 294 people are in hospital for treatment, 61 of whom require critical care.

Meanwhile, B.C.’s death toll has reached 371 since the start of the pandemic.

In the Island Health region, 21 new cases of COVID-19 were discovered Wednesday. There are now 173 active cases of the virus in the health authority, including three people who are in hospital for treatment, none of whom require intensive care.

Since the pandemic began, Island Health has seen a total of 526 COVID-19 cases and six deaths related to the virus.

As of Wednesday, 347 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the Island Health region, while 19,814 have recovered across the province.

On Wednesday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that recent daily COVID-19 case totals were incorrect due to “challenges with a data system” in the Fraser Health region.

The discrepancies included an update to Tuesday’s reported total. While health officials reported 941 new cases – a new record – there were actually 695, Henry said.

A breakdown of the recent discrepancies, reported between Nov. 17 and Nov. 24, can be found here.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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COVID-19: B.C. brings in new mask enforcement policy as cases spike – Peace River Record Gazette

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Masks are required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older, in most indoor places

Update: On Nov. 25, B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the province had reported incorrect COVID-19 case totals from Nov. 17 to 24 due to “data transfer errors” within the Fraser Health Region.

After reviewing the data, the province now says the total number of new cases from Monday to Tuesday was actually 695 and not 941, the number originally reported by Henry.


Original story: British Columbia set a single-day high of 941 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and recorded 10 additional deaths from the respiratory disease.

According to the B.C. Centre of Disease Control, the vast majority of the new cases are in the Fraser Health region which reported 678 cases between noon Monday and noon Tuesday, while a further 174 were recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health.

The provincial total of those who have tested positive now stands at 28,348, with 7,732 active cases.

The dramatic jump in cases comes less than a week after the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, tightened restrictions on social gatherings and introduced a mandatory mask policy for indoor public settings.

On Tuesday, Solicitor General Mike Farnworth introduced new enforcement measures within the Emergency Program Act that will give law enforcement officers the power to issue $230 fines to anyone not wearing a mask in an indoor public place.

“This new order … will ensure we have the tools necessary to enforce the mask mandate as recommended by (Henry),” said Farnworth, who also further extended the provincial state of emergency until Dec. 8.

Masks are required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older, in most indoor places including malls, drug stores, restaurants (except when seated and eating), public facilities and post-secondary institutions. The province says masks are encouraged for younger children, age two to 12, in public settings but they are not mandatory.

There are also medical exemptions for people unable to wear a mask due to psychological, behavioural or health conditions or physical, cognitive or mental impairments. Those incapable of putting on or removing a mask are also exempt.

The mask order also does not extend to schools which is something that the B.C. Teachers Federation continues to demand.

BCTF president Terry Mooring asked parents in an open letter on Tuesday to encourage their children to wear masks in school.

“By talking to your children about wearing their masks in school, you can help us create that respectful culture of mask wearing,” said Mooring, who conceded that there are some staff and students who, for various reasons, can’t wear masks and some learning situations where masks are inappropriate.

Henry said Monday that students are in schools with a group of people they see day-to-day, unlike businesses where people interact with others they don’t know, necessitating wearing a mask. She did say she supports mask wearing in common areas and by adults at schools.

B.C. health officials say there are currently 10,283 people who are under public health monitoring as a result of exposure to known cases. A further 19,605 people who tested positive have recovered.

A total of 358 people have died from COVID-19 in B.C. since the pandemic began, while 284 people are currently being treated in hospital, including 61 who are in critical care.

The province announced two new health care facility outbreaks at Valley Haven Care Home in Chilliwack and Little Mountain Place care home in Vancouver, while outbreaks at Fraserview Intermediate Care Lodge in Richmond and Agassiz Seniors Community have been declared over.

Fraser Health said Tuesday that 55 patients and 40 staff members have tested positive at Burnaby Hospital where a COVID-19 outbreak was first declared on Nov. 9. There have been five patient deaths linked to the outbreak.

“All patients, staff, support staff and medical staff are tested for COVID-19. As a precaution, the hospital is not accepting new admissions at this time, with the exception of the intensive care unit (ICU), maternity, and community palliative care,” Fraser Health said.

Meanwhile, Vancouver Coastal Health has issued a COVID-19 exposure alert for a popular downtown Vancouver pub. The health agency says anyone who visited The Morrissey at 1227 Granville Street on either Nov. 12 or 13, between 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on both days, may have been exposed to the virus and should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms.

With a file from The Canadian Press

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What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Nov. 26 – CBC.ca

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THE LATEST:

  • 738 new cases of COVID-19 were announced on Wednesday, along with 13 more deaths.
  • There are now 29,086 confirmed cases in the province to date.
  • 294 patients are in hospital with COVID-19, including 61 in intensive care.
  • 371 people have now died of the disease.
  • Masks are mandatory for everyone in indoor public spaces and retail environments.
  • Anyone who does not comply could face a $230 fine.

British Columbia added another 738 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, as the province continued to urge everyone to pause social interactions and said there could be fines for those who don’t wear masks.

The Fraser Health region continued to drive the spike in new infections, with 443 or 60 per cent of Wednesday’s new cases.

Data correction

On Wednesday, Provincial Health Minister Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced a data correction for results from Fraser Health over the past week due to an data glitch.

Daily numbers from Fraser Health changed from Nov. 16 to Nov. 24. On Tuesday, 678 cases were originally announced for the region. The accurate number is 432. That meant the overall number of new cases in B.C. on that day was revised down to 695 from what was reported as a record high of 941.

The B.C. government has published a full list of corrected data online.

Overall, the corrected data still showed the province’s COVID-19 curve trending up, but at a slower rate than originally reported.

Fraser Health spike ‘didn’t happen’: health officer

Fraser Health Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin said the correction shows that the case numbers in that health authority have stabilized rather than spiking.

“That spike […] didn’t happen. Our case counts are fluctuating at around 500 cases a day. That number has been stable for a couple of weeks,” she said on CBC’s The Early Edition.

Brodkin said the majority of transmission in Fraser Health continues to be in private homes, with individuals becoming infected in the community and passing the virus on to their household contacts. She said transmission is also occurring in essential workplaces and gyms, and that in 20 per cent of cases the source of transmission cannot be identified.

But she said there has been no transmission as a result of community events like Diwali, and that contact tracers are still able to find 95 per cent of contacts within 24 hours.

“The current restrictions are working. The exponential climb has stopped,” she said.

Brodkin said the glitch in reported numbers happened as a result of an error with a lab information system, and was a one-time incident that was “identified quickly and has been corrected.”

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What’s happening elsewhere in Canada

There have now been more than 348,944 cases of COVID-19 in Canada.

A vaccine is expected to become available in the coming year, but Canada has not yet specified how it will be distributed, aside from a promise to work with provinces and territories to buy cold storage. 

The federal government has procured 358 million doses of vaccine from seven companies, an insurance policy of sorts in case some of the vaccines in development prove to be ineffective in clinical trials.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common symptoms include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Tiredness.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Loss of taste or smell.
  • Headache.

But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Use the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool. Testing is recommended for anyone with symptoms of cold or flu, even if they’re mild. People with severe difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, difficulty waking up or o​​​​​​ther extreme symptoms should call 911.

What can I do to protect myself?

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Keep them clean.
  • Keep your distance from people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wear a mask in indoor public spaces.
  • Be aware of evolving travel advisories to different regions.

More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government’s website.

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