COVID-19 update for Dec. 2: 375 new cases, seven deaths | Some B.C. places of worship prepare to check vaccine status at the door

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 Dec. 2, 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 Dec. 1:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 218,801 (2,936 active)
• New cases since Nov. 30: 375
• Total deaths: 2,340 (seven additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 301
• Intensive care: 98
• Total vaccinations: 4,228,684 received first dose; 4,072,923 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 213,394
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 5

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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.

Almost 3,000 B.C. children vaccinated on first two days of rollout for those aged 5 to 11

Vaccination data released by the Ministry of Health on Wednesday shows 2,789 children aged 5 to 11 have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

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This information was not directly stated by the ministry, however, data shows that as of midnight Tuesday there had been 4,225,895 doses given to people in B.C. aged 12 and up, and 4,228,684 doses given to those aged 5 and up. So simple subtraction shows 2,789 of those aged 5 to 11 have had their first dose.

There are an estimated 350,000 children in this age group that would be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, so at this rate, the first dose rollout will take around three months for that age class.

There were 375 new cases of the disease reported in B.C. over the past day, and seven deaths – bringing that toll to 2,340. Of the 2,936 active cases of the disease in B.C., 301 are being treated in hospital, of which 98 are in intensive care.

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This suggests 10 per cent of people who contract the disease can expect to end up in hospital.

Some B.C. places of worship prepare to check vaccine status at the door

Worshippers without vaccine passports could find themselves turned away from busier services this weekend under new B.C.’s rules, according to leaders at some houses of worship.

A change in COVID protocols limits congregants in one of two ways: Churches, mosques, temples and synagogues that choose not to check that everyone attending is vaccinated must limit attendance to 50 per cent of capacity. For now, children under 12 are exempt from the vaccination rule.

But if they do start to check for passports, they may have to turn away unvaccinated people.

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On weekdays, it’s no problem limiting attendance to half the regular capacity of 800, said Giani Narinder Singh Walia, priest and president at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib in Surrey.

—Susan Lazaruk

Majority of Canadians unwilling to let unvaccinated friend or family member into their home: poll

With Christmas fast approaching, and family dinners and workplace parties, a majority of Canadians are unwilling to let an unvaccinated friend or family member into their home, according to new polling from Leger-ACS.

While the overwhelming majority of Canadians are vaccinated, with 75 per cent of the total population fully vaccinated, the poll says three-quarters of Canadians do know someone who’s unvaccinated.

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Fifty-seven per cent say they wouldn’t invite an unvaccinated person into their home, a rate that’s highest in British Columbia at 70 per cent, and lowest in Atlantic Canada at 50 per cent. Fifty-five per cent of Ontarians and Quebecers wouldn’t do so, nor would 59 per cent of those in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and 58 per cent of Albertans.

English speakers (58 per cent) are more likely to say no to the unvaccinated than French speakers (54 per cent).

“The takeaway is that it’s going to be challenging for a lot of people when they’re interacting over the holidays,” said Jack Jedwab, president of the Association for Canadian Studies.

—Tyler Dawson

Moderna vaccine effectiveness not limited to clinical trials

Moderna’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine is proving effective in the real world, according to doctors at Kaiser Permanente in California who have been tracking nearly 706,000 adults, half of whom had received the vaccine.

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Five months after the second dose, the vaccine was still 87 per cent effective against SARS-CoV-2 infection, 96 per cent effective against COVID-19 hospitalization, and 98 per cent effective against COVID-19 death, researchers reported in  The Lancet Regional Health – Americas  .

Despite a wide range of chronic diseases among those in the study, the vaccine’s effectiveness against infection ranged from 83 per cent to 92 per cent across age, sex, racial, and ethnic subgroups, researchers said.

Immunologist E. John Wherry of the University of Pennsylvania, who was not involved in the Kaiser study, said it is “highly unlikely” that the Omicron variant of the virus can completely evade all of the immune defences induced by the vaccines and that current boosters will likely “provide increased protection against this variant.”

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—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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