COVID-19 update for Nov. 22: More than 75,000 children registered in B.C. for vaccine | In Ontario, vaccine bookings for kids 5-11 start Tuesday | 497 cases, three deaths

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. 22, 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. 19:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 214,636 (3,420 active)
• New cases since Nov. 18: 497
• Total deaths: 2,293 (three additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 358
• Intensive care: 109
• Total vaccinations: 4,209,651 received first dose; 4,034,962 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 208,702
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 21

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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.

Children 5-11 can book vaccine appointments in Ontario starting Tuesday

Children aged five to 11 in Ontario will be eligible to book COVID-19 vaccine appointments starting Tuesday.

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The province says appointments are expected to begin as early as Thursday, when vaccine supply arrives at clinics across Ontario.

The provincial government says approximately one million children aged five to 11 are eligible to receive the pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which was approved by Health Canada last week.

The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines for children landed in Canada on Sunday, clearing the way for provinces and territories to gear up in earnest for the next phase of the national mass immunization campaign.

Health Canada announced Friday that it had approved a modified version of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use in that demographic, and Ottawa immediately promised some shots would be on Canadian soil 48 hours later.

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Federal Procurement Minister Filomena Tassi said on Friday that Canada would have 2.9 million doses in hand by the end of the week, enough to offer a first dose to every child in the newly approved age bracket.

Health Canada’s approval came following a month-long review of safety and efficacy data from the pharmaceutical giants.

The regulator said the vaccine, which is administered in a smaller dose than the adult version and has a slightly different formula, was 90.7 per cent effective at preventing COVID-19 in children and produced no identified serious side effects.

In British Columbia, parents have already been able to pre-register their child for an appointment online or by phone. The province said more than 75,000 children had registered as of Friday, putting them on a list to be contacted for an appointment when booking opens.

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— The Canadian Press

Calgary shopper convicted of assaulting Costco employees, officer over mask enforcement

A Calgary Costco shopper who forcefully shoved employees and punched a female police officer in the face in response to masking rules inside the northeast store has been convicted of multiple assault charges.

Gerald Kitchen, who represented himself at trial, was charged with four counts of assault and one count of resisting arrest related to a series of altercations at the 32nd Street N.E. business in November 2020.

Court heard the series of assaults began when Kitchen was asked by a female employee to adjust his mask upon entering the store, where COVID-19 protocols were in place.

Kitchen pulled his mask over his nose before turning away and lowering it moments later.

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Asked a third time, Kitchen removed his face covering and, inches from her face, hollered, “For this fake f—ing virus?” before shoving the employee with both hands into some pallets.

When a store manager located Kitchen, he, too, was forcefully shoved.

Kitchen then confronted a third employee, saying “Are you afraid I’m going to give you the fake virus?” and pushed him backward before leaving the store.

Read more HERE .

— Postmedia News

Merkel warns Germany’s COVID spike ‘worse than anything we’ve seen’

Chancellor Angela Merkel said the latest surge in COVID-19 infections is worse than anything Germany has experienced so far and called for tighter restrictions to help check the spread.

Merkel told officials from her Christian Democratic party on Monday that the situation is “highly dramatic” and warned that hospitals would soon be overwhelmed unless the fourth wave of the virus is broken, according to a person familiar with her remarks.

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She said that many citizens don’t seem to understand the severity of the situation, and that while more people should get vaccinated it wouldn’t be enough on its own. She called on Germany’s 16 states, which largely set their own policies on pandemic curbs, to tighten restrictions already this week.

Merkel, who is due to step down as soon as next month after 16 years in power, has been making increasingly frantic calls for Germany to step up its fight against the coronavirus. Infections have been rising at a record pace, and in the eastern state of Saxony the seven-day incidence rate per 100,000 people has surged to almost 1,000.

German Health Minister Jens Spahn said Monday that people who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 are almost certain to catch the virus in coming months and some of those will die. Spahn said last week he couldn’t rule out another full lockdown.

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By the end of this winter “just about everyone in Germany will probably be either vaccinated, recovered or dead,” Spahn said at a news conference in Berlin. He acknowledged that some might find the statement cynical.

Read more HERE .

— Bloomberg


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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