COVID-19 update for Nov. 4: 430 new cases, six deaths | Nine lung transplants performed in B.C. as a result of the virus | Post-pandemic health systems could be challenged by spending spike: CIHI

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

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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. 4, 2021.

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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. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on Nov. 3:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 207,120 (4,373 active)
• New cases since Nov. 2: 430
• Total deaths: 2,192 (six additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 445 (as of Nov. 2; not updated today)
• Intensive care: 137
• Total vaccinations: 4,174,139 received first dose; 3,963,038 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 200,220
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 40

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IN-DEPTH:   Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020


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.

Nine lung transplants performed in B.C. as a result of COVID infections

Nine British Columbians “on the precipice of death” have received double-lung transplants since April after they suffered severe internal damage from COVID-19, according the director of the lung transplant program at Vancouver General Hospital.

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The virus represents a new pathway to the life-altering surgery that involves removing a person’s diseased lungs from their body and replacing them with donor lungs from a person who has died.

Of the nine British Columbians who received a lung transplant, eight of them had “no comorbidities,” meaning they were healthy before contracting COVID, said Dr. John Yee, the surgeon who performed the transplants. The patients range in age from early-30s to mid-50s and worked in public-facing jobs, although not all of them contracted the virus at work.

Despite being hospitalized and receiving high-quality care, the nine people from across the province grew gravely ill as their lungs became scarred by pneumonia and filled with fluid and pus. The surgeon compared COVID-diseased lungs to a balloon that has lost its elasticity and will no longer inflate.

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— Glenda Luymes

430 new cases, six deaths

B.C. health officials reported 430 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and six additional deaths.

Out of the new infections, nearly half were in Fraser Health (202). Interior Health reported 88 new cases; Vancouver Coastal Health, 56; Island Health, 47; and Northern Health, 37.

The deaths — four in Fraser Health, and one each in the B.C. Interior and on Vancouver Island — bring the total death toll from the pandemic to 2,192.

Nearly 90 per cent of critically-ill patients in ICU not fully vaccinated

Nearly 90 per cent of people in critical care with COVID-19 were not fully vaccinated, says an update from B.C.’s health minister.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Adrian Dix provided a breakdown of the province’s most seriously ill COVID-19 patients by age and vaccination status.

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Out of 137 people in intensive care, 116 had not received a jab of a COVID-19 vaccine, while four were partly vaccinated.

Among the unvaccinated patients, about 46 per cent are 50 and older. Younger people in their 30s and 40s also made up a significant chunk of the seriously ill, comprising 28 per cent.

—Cheryl Chan

Post-pandemic health systems could be challenged by COVID-19 spending spike: CIHI

A spike in health-care spending during the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to some serious financial challenges for provinces as they work to rebuild their health systems in the aftermath, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

The spending surge is expected to reach a record $308 billion in 2021, say newly released projections from CIHI.

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That is roughly $8,019 per Canadian.

“COVID-19 resulted in the single biggest increase in health spending we have ever seen in this country,” said CIHI president David O’Toole in a news release.

Health spending is projected to have increased 12.8 per cent between 2019 and 2020. That’s more than triple the average annual growth rate seen from 2015 to 2019, which was approximately four per cent per year.

Spending is estimated to have increased another 2.2 per cent between 2020 and 2021.

The agency said its estimates will be updated as final spending amounts are tabulated, and may be less accurate than normal given the nature of emergency funds spent during the pandemic.

Still, the numbers add up to a troubling future as Canada works to recover from the pandemic and get health systems back on their feet.

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—The Canadian Press


B.C. MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE COUNTS, VACCINATION RATES

Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



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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