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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS
As of the latest figures given on Nov. 8:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 210,203 (4,301 active)
• New cases since Nov. 8: 500
• Total deaths: 2,223 (5 additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 426 (up by 19)
• Intensive care: 124 (up by 12)
• Total vaccinations: 4,187,281 received first dose; 3,992,679 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 203,375
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 33
B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS
• COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus
• COVID-19: B.C.’s vaccine passport is here and this is how it works
• COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.
• COVID-19: Look up your neighbourhood in our interactive map of case and vaccination rates in B.C.
• COVID-19: Afraid of needles? Here’s how to overcome your fear and get vaccinated
• COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.
• 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.
Exposure warning issued for nine Vancouver flights
The BCCDC has issued exposure notices for nine flights to and from Vancouver between Nov. 1 and Nov. 7. They are:
• WestJet 448, Vancouver to Winnipeg
• British Airways 85, London to Vancouver
• Alaska Airlines 2154, Seattle to Vancouver
• Air Canada 127, Toronto to Vancouver
• Air Canada/Jazz 8827, Chicago to Vancouver
• WestJet 127, Calgary to Vancouver
• WestJet 731, Toronto to Vancouver
• Air Canada 553, Los Angeles to Vancouver
• Air Canada 1055, Phoenix to Vancouver
Click here for the BCCDC’s full list of flight exposures.
B.C. records 500 new cases, 5 deaths in past 24 hours
There were 500 new cases and five deaths from COVID-19 reported in B.C. in the past 24 hours, according to a government pandemic update on Tuesday.
There are now 4,301 active cases in the province. That includes 426 people in hospital, of whom 124 are in critical care.
Of the new cases, 152 were in Fraser Health, followed by 121 in Interior Health, 103 in Northern Health, 76 on Vancouver Island and 48 in Vancouver Coastal Health.
Of the deaths, three were in Island Health and there was one each in Fraser Health and Northern Health. The death toll in B.C. from COVID-19 is 2,223.
There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital, for a total of 33 facilities with ongoing outbreaks. An outbreak has also been declared at Mar Jok Elementary School in Kelowna.
B.C. set to offer limited number of Johnson & Johnson vaccines
B.C. is expecting to receive a limited number of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government next week, said B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
She said the first priority for the vaccine is for health-care workers facing vaccine mandates who are willing to get vaccinated with the single-shot J&J vaccine.
A limited amount will be available to the public, said Henry, who estimates there’s “a couple thousand” people who are waiting for the J&J vaccine to get immunized. “We will have some available and we will be providing you with the details next week of how you can access this through a central call-in number,” she said.
The J&J vaccine is a viral-vector vaccine, similar to the AstraZeneca shot. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use mRNA, a different technology.
About a fourth of health-care workers holdouts have received a jab: Dix
About a fourth of B.C.’s remaining unvaccinated health-care workers has now received at least a shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.
During a news briefing Tuesday, Health Minister Adrian Dix said there were 3,071 unvaccinated workers in the health-care system, down from about 4,000 two weeks ago.
Following an Oct. 26 deadline, these workers have been placed on unpaid leave, and were given until Nov. 15 to get their first dose or get fired.
Of the holdouts, 1,032 are casual workers, 989 are full-time employees, 819 are part-time workers, said Dix. Another 16 are not identified.
Overall, 98 per cent of B.C.’s approximately 126,000 public-sector health-care workers are fully immunized, while 97 per cent are partially vaccinated. Rates, however, vary by region. Interior Health has the highest number of unvaxxed workers.
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Broken down by job status, allied health workers which include clinical pharmacists, medical laboratory technologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists have 420 unvaccinated workers, making up two per cent.
Personnel in emergency medicine, general medicine, and among resident doctors also have a two per cent unvaccinated rate, while unvaccinated workers in internal medicine number 19, making up slightly less than one per cent.
Care aides and workers who work in the community as well as paramedics have a slightly higher unvaccinated rate, at three per cent.