COVID-19 update for Nov. 18: 324 news cases, seven deaths | Canadians returning from short U.S. trips won’t need PCR test for virus: Source

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. 18, 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.

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As of the latest figures given on Nov. 17:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 213,682 (3,380 active)
• New cases since Nov. 15: 324
• Total deaths: 2,281 (seven additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 379 (stable)
• Intensive care: 109 (up by two)
• Total vaccinations: 4,206,179 received first dose; 4,027,146 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 207,779
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 22


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Canadians returning from short U.S. trips won’t need PCR test for COVID-19: Source

Fully vaccinated Canadians who leave the country for under 72 hours will soon no longer need to pony up hundreds of dollars for a negative PCR test to return home, according to sources.


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Full details of the policy changes are expected to be officially announced as early as Friday and will likely be welcomed with a sigh of relief by Canadian travellers, business groups and municipalities close to the American border.

The loosening of re-entry testing requirements are not expected to change for Canadians who leave the country for over three days, are not fully vaccinated, or for foreign travellers visiting Canada, according to government sources speaking on background.

As of now, all Canadian residents who travel abroad need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of re-entering the country in order to be allowed through the border, regardless of vaccination status.

— National Post


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324 new COVID-19 cases, seven deaths

Health officials reported 324 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. on Wednesday.

The new cases bump the number of active cases in the province to 3,380, including 379 people who are in hospital. Out of these, 109 are in intensive care.

Of the new cases, about a third are in Fraser Health, which had 108 positive tests. There were also 73 new cases in Northern Health, 33 in Island Health, 60 in Vancouver Coastal Health and 50 in Interior Health.

The seven deaths related to COVID-19 bring the total death toll in B.C. to 2,281 since the pandemic began.

The outbreak at Bulkley Valley District Hospital in Northern Health is now over. In total, 22 health-care facilities have ongoing outbreaks.

So far, more than 4.2 million British Columbians 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, comprising 90.7 per cent of the eligible population. Nearly 87 per cent are fully vaccinated.


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Nebraska zoo’s three ‘beloved’ snow leopards die of COVID-19

The Lincoln Children’s Zoo has described the snow leopards as silly, bubbly and handsome. They were one of the zoo’s main attractions, delivering a dose of mountain majesty to the Great Plains.

But on Friday, the zoo announced that the leopards — Everest, Makalu and Ranney — had died of complications from COVID-19, about one month after the animals had tested positive for the coronavirus.

While scientists are still studying the effects of the virus on animals, members of several species have been infected and died in zoos around the world. Snow leopards are considered vulnerable to extinction, with just a few thousand estimated to be living in the wild.


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The Lincoln cats “were beloved by our entire community inside and outside of the zoo,” the zoo said in a statement. “This loss is truly heartbreaking, and we are all grieving together.”

—Washington Post


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:


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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