COVID-19 update for Nov. 15: Cases rise in Europe | B.C. reports 992 new cases, 23 more deaths | Pandemic’s upending of B.C. workforce helped put employees in driver’s seat

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. 15, 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. 12:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 211,750 (4,265 active)
• New cases since Nov. 10: 992
• Total deaths: 2,257 (23 additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 384 (down by 42)
• Intensive care: 124 (unchanged)
• Total vaccinations: 4,198,575 received first dose; 4,010,702 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 204,963
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 25

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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.

Austria brings back COVID-19 lockdown, this time for unvaccinated

Austria is placing millions of people not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in lockdown as of Monday to deal with a surge in infections to record levels and the growing strain on intensive-care units, the government said on Sunday.

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Europe is the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic again, prompting some governments to consider re-imposing unpopular lockdowns. Austria has one of the continent’s highest infection rates, with a seven-day incidence of 815 per 100,000 people.

Austria is the first European country to reinstate the same restrictions on daily movements that applied during national lockdowns before vaccines were rolled out, though this time they only affect a minority of the population.

—Reuters

Pandemic’s upending of B.C. workforce helped put employees in driver’s seat

Tending bar at the Colony Bar on Granville street was a stable job for Vancouverite Maggie DeVito, until it wasn’t.

“Once you’re in for a long enough time, you kind of know what shifts you’re getting and what you’re going to be making,” said DeVito, an eight-year veteran of the hospitality sector. “So, it was, like, quite a blindside to me when everything got shut down” in March 2020, she said.

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“It wasn’t an industry that I had ever imagined that was going to happen to.”

Now, in the COVID-19 pandemic’s upending of the workforce, DeVito is among those who have left a less-secure job with better prospects in other fields — web development in her case — which is putting a strain on employers now, and not just in hospitality.

In some circles, this trend is referred to as the “great resignation.” That suggests workers are quitting jobs they dislike in droves seeking better security and better conditions.

Read more HERE.

—Derrick Penner

What we know about COVID-19 variant Delta’s newest offspring

Two new descendants of Delta circulating in Canada that appear to have a survival edge — they seem slightly more spreadable — tell us SARS-CoV-2 may still have “plenty more room” to continue adapting to humans, scientists say.

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“It’s hard to say what the ceiling is,” said Jesse Shapiro, an associate professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at Montreal’s McGill University.

“It will keep climbing to find a peak of adaptation. But we don’t really know how close to the peak we are.”

The two Delta sub-lineages, dubbed AY.25 and AY.27, were first detected in Canada in the spring. Cases have been detected in every province except Prince Edward Island, with the highest numbers in Western Canada. AY.25 is becoming the predominant circulating strain in Saskatchewan . In Ontario, AY.25 accounted for 31 per cent of 1,670 confirmed cases of COVID-19 sequenced over a recent four-week period.

All told, more than 38,000 genomic sequences of samples from across Canada have been deposited in a global data portal that’s tracking the spread of SARS-CoV-2 variants.

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Read more  HERE.

—Sharon Kirkey

Health officials report 23 more deaths, 992 cases of COVID-19 over two days Friday

On Friday, British Columbia reported 992 new cases of COVID-19 and 23 more deaths, raising the death toll in the province to 2,257.

The Health Ministry says 4,265 infections are active across B.C. with 384 people in hospital, including 124 in intensive care.

Fraser Health has the highest number of active infections with 1,575, followed by Interior Health with 862, Northern Health with 645, Island Health with 614 and 510 in the Vancouver Coastal health region.

There are 25 health-care facilities with active COVID-19 outbreaks, including new outbreaks at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

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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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