COVID-19 update for Nov. 19: 468 new cases, nine deaths | Canada has thrown away at least one million vaccine doses: survey

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. 19, 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.


As of the latest figures given on Nov. 18:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 214,150 (3,345 active)
• New cases since Nov. 16: 468
• Total deaths: 2,290 (nine additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 355 (down by 24)
• Intensive care: 110 (up by one)
• Total vaccinations: 4,207,832 received first dose; 4,030,851 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 208,284
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 21


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British Columbians aged 12 and over now 87 per cent vaccinated

British Columbia has reported 468 new cases of COVID-19 and nine more deaths, pushing the death toll in the province to 2,290.


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The Health Ministry says 87 per cent of eligible B.C. residents aged 12 and up have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, while nearly 91 per cent have had one.

There were 355 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Thursday and 110 of those were in intensive care.

A total of 21 health-care facilities have ongoing outbreaks, including five hospitals.

The province says unvaccinated people accounted for nearly 62 per cent of COVID-19 hospitalizations between Nov. 3 and 16, while fully vaccinated people made up 29.7 per cent.

B.C. has recorded a total of 214,150 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Canada has thrown away at least one million COVID-19 vaccine doses: survey

An informal survey shows that at least one million doses of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine supply have gone to waste.


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The Canadian Press asked health ministries across the country to provide how many doses had to be disposed of because they had expired or for other reasons.

Not all were able to reply by deadline. Some jurisdictions — including Yukon and Prince Edward Island –only provided the number of expired doses. Ontario refused to provide any information.

The survey suggests at least 1,016,669 doses have been rejected since vaccines first arrived last December. That’s about 2.6 per cent of the entire supply delivered to the provinces and territories that provided their numbers.

Unused doses vary wildly across Canada. Alberta reported disposing of 10 per cent of its doses; Nova Scotia 0.3 per cent.

—The Canadian Press


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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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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