COVID-19 update for Nov. 11: Subtype of COVID-19 Delta variant spreading in Western Canada: health officials | 555 new cases, 11 deaths | New outbreaks at two long-term care homes in Fraser Health | Travel industry wants testing rules loosened for fully vaccinated visitors

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. 11, 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. 10:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 210,758 (4,321 active)
• New cases since Nov. 9: 555
• Total deaths: 2,234 (11 additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 426 (down by 22)
• Intensive care: 124 (down by 7)
• Total vaccinations: 4,195,116 received first dose; 4,003,628 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 203,909
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 29

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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.

Subtype of COVID-19 Delta variant spreading in Western Canada: health officials

A subtype of the COVID-19 variant is becoming predominant in Saskatchewan and is spreading throughout Western Canada, but health officials say it is not considered a variant of concern.

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The AY.25.1 subtype likely originated in the mid-western United States where it mutated, said Dr. Jessica Minion, a Saskatchewan Health Authority medical microbiologist who presented the information to a health authority meeting last week.

In Saskatchewan, AY-25.1 and another subtype, AY.27, have mainly displaced the original Delta variant. AY-25.1 is also spreading interprovincially in Alberta and British Columbia.

Health officials across Western Canada say the subtype is not more contagious.

“There is no evidence it causes more severe illness, that it evades vaccine protection, that it is significantly different from the Delta variant that has been circulating,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, during a COVID-19 briefing.

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“When viruses replicate, they can change their genetics slightly, so sometimes you have these sublineages that evolve. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they behave differently from that parent strain, and that’s the case with this particular sublineage.”

Dr. Saqib Shahab, Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer, said the public shouldn’t read too much into the subtype.

—The Canadian Press

B.C. reports 555 new cases, 11 deaths Wednesday

B.C. health officials reported 555 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday.

Eleven more people have died, bringing the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic to 2,234.

Fraser Health recorded the most number of new cases and deaths of any health region in B.C., with 197 cases and five deaths. There were also 114 new cases and one death in Interior Health, 106 new cases in Northern Health, 88 new cases and three deaths in Island Health, and 50 new cases and one death in Vancouver Coastal Health.

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B.C. also added three health-care facilities to its outbreak list: George Derby Centre and Dufferin Care Centre in Fraser Health and Royal Inland Hospital in Interior Health.

As of Wednesday, 90.5 per cent B.C. residents aged 12 and over have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 86.4 per cent have received their second dose.

New outbreaks at two long-term care homes in Fraser Health

Fraser Health has declared COVID-19 outbreaks at two long-term care homes on Wednesday.

Six residents and four employees at the George Derby Centre in Burnaby have tested positive for COVID-19. In Coquitlam, three residents and one employee at Dufferin Care Centre tested positive for the virus.

The affected residents and staff members are self-isolating in their homes.

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Fraser Health said both facilities are restricting social visits in the affected areas, although essential visits are still allowed. Staff and residents are also being screened twice a day, and the facilities have stepped up cleaning and infection control measures.

As of Tuesday, 33 health-care facilities were dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks.

Travel industry wants testing rules loosened for fully vaccinated visitors

Travel industry officials in Vancouver are calling on the federal government to drop the pre-departure COVID-19 test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers coming to Canada, saying it is hurting hotel and conference bookings.

“The federal government’s own expert panel, in fact, does not recommend the approach. They said it’s unnecessary for fully vaccinated travellers,” said the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade CEO, Bridgitte Anderson, referring to Ottawa’s COVID-19 testing and screening expert advisory  panel.

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The panel’s  report  calls for eliminating pre-departure molecular PCR tests and testing for fully vaccinated travellers 10 days after arrival, but it says for “surveillance purposes, administer PCR tests on arrival.”

The recent reopening of the land border with the U.S. was a welcome step, but Anderson said that having to do pre-departure PCR tests was “costly” and “cumbersome” for travellers.

She estimated costs of up to $1,000 for a family of four to get the pre-departure PCR testing that is currently required.

—Joanne Lee-Young


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:

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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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