COVID-19 update for Nov. 12: Seniors struggled with B.C. Vaccine Card: Study | Exposure alerts for 16 flights to and from B.C. | Subtype of COVID-19 Delta variant spreading in Western Canada: health officials

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. 12, 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.

Research project finds seniors struggled with B.C. Vaccine Card

Confusion among some seniors over the implementation of B.C.’s vaccination card could have been addressed by consultation before implementation, according to the findings of a community study .

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Researchers are describing the experience of seniors with the vaccine card as an example of the digital divide — the gap between a society where information is increasingly digital and the inability of some people to access what they need.

For seniors, for example, the COVID-19 pandemic has moved many government functions online, such as applying for monthly Old Age Security.

“It would be a good idea for decision makers to involve seniors and community-based organizations and invite them to the table when decision-making is happening,” said Hannah Shin, a community-based researcher.

“We need to ensure that everyone has accessible information in multiple modes of communication strategies. We just assume that everyone gets their news through social media. That’s just not the case.”

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The rapid evaluation project was undertaken by Simon Fraser University’s Science and Technology for Aging Researching (STAR) Institute and 411 Seniors Care Centre Society .

— Kevin Griffin

Exposure notices issued for 16 flights

The BCCDC has issued exposure notices for 16 flights to and from B.C. between Oct. 28 and Nov. 7. They are:

Oct. 28
• Delta 3809, Seattle to Vancouver

Oct. 29
• United Airlines 5671, Denver to Vancouver
• WestJet 3316, Vancouver to Kelowna

Oct. 30
• WestJet 123, Calgary to Vancouver
• WestJet 3447, Calgary to Terrace

Oct. 31
• Sunwing 281, Vancouver to Cancun
• WestJet 3378, Abbotsford to Calgary

Nov. 2
• Air Canada 312, Vancouver to Montreal

Nov. 4
• Air Canada/Jazz 8827, Chicago to Vancouver
• WestJet 3233, Calgary to Abbotsford

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Nov. 5
• Swoop 207, Edmonton to Abbotsford

Nov. 6
• WestJet 1865, Honolulu to Vancouver
• WestJet 3315, Calgary to Comox

Nov. 7
• Delta 4062, Seattle to Vancouver
• Sunwing 282, Cancun to Vancouver
• WestJet/Delta 3295/7069, Vancouver to Victoria

You can see a full list of public exposures here .

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.

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.

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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.

“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.”

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

—The Canadian Press

Body’s coronavirus memory may abort new infections

Healthcare workers who did not test positive for COVID-19, despite heavy exposure to infected patients, had T cells that attacked a part of the virus that lets it make copies of itself, according to a report published Wednesday in Nature .

Researchers who studied the 58 healthcare workers found their T cells responded more strongly to a part of the virus, called the RTC, that is very similar on all human and animal coronaviruses, including all variants of SARS-CoV-2.

They suspect the T cells recognized the RTC because they had “seen” it on other viruses during other infections. That makes the RTC a potentially good target for vaccines if more research confirms these findings, study leaders Mala Maini and Leo Swadling, both of University College London, said in a joint email to Reuters. These data were collected during the first wave of the pandemic, they added.

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“We don’t know if this sort of control happens for more infectious variants currently circulating.”

— Reuters


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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