COVID-19 in B.C.: Over 700 new cases, 56 schools with new exposures, and more

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      The new case count and number of deaths remained on par with yesterday’s numbers. There are also two new healthcare outbreaks, and four flights and 56 schools with new exposures.

      One of the oldest pandemic victims from Canada is Richmond’s Fred Ko, who was born in Vancouver on March 28, 1916, according to CBC News. He died on November 28 at the age of 104 years old.

      Meanwhile, police have reported a number of parties and other social gatherings that they had to disperse and issue fines at, in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey.

      Meanwhile, a North Vancouver snowboarder was reported to have been caught breaking quarantine when West Vancouver police pulled over a vehicle on November 30. News 1130 reported that he had lied to police, saying he had returned about two weeks ago from California but when officers checked with Canada Border Security Agency, he still had 48 hours left to quarantine. 

      B.C. update: December 4

      In today’s joint statement, B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced there are 711 new cases (including seven epi-linked cases) in the province.

      By region, that includes:

      • 427 new cases in Fraser Health;
      • 143 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
      • 81 in Interior Health;
      • 50 in Northern Health;
      • 10 in Island Health;
      • no one from outside Canada.

      Active cases decreased by 53 cases since yesterday to 9,050 active cases currently in B.C.

      Hospitalizations continue to climb, with an additional 13 people since yesterday admitted to hospital. There are now 338 individuals are currently in hospital, with 76 of those patients (four less than yesterday) in intensive care units.

      Public health is monitoring 10,957 people—an increase of 108 people since yesterday.

      Unfortunately, there are 11 new COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total fatalities in B.C. to 492 people who have died during the pandemic.

      A total of 25,658 people have recovered.

      B.C has recorded a cumulative total of 36,132 cases during the pandemic, which includes:

      • 22,899 in Fraser Health;
      • 9,421 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
      • 2,062 in Interior Health;
      • 978 in Northern Health;
      • 679 in Island Health;
      • 93 from outside Canada.
      B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry
      Province of British Columbia

      Outbreaks and exposures

      There are two new healthcare outbreaks:

      • Peace Arch Hospital Foundation Lodge (15575 16A Avenue) in Surrey;
      • Richmond Hospital (7000 Westminster Highway) in Richmond, where Vancouver Coastal Health imposed restrictions on December 3.

      The outbreak at the Youville Residence in Vancouver has been declared over. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) lifted restrictions at the facility on November 29.

      Two healthcare facilities were added to Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)’s outbreak list that haven’t yet been mentioned in recent B.C. COVID-19 updates from Henry and Dix.

      VCH imposed restrictions on the fourth floor of Crofton Manor (2803 West 41st Avenue) in Vancouver on December 2.

      Meanwhile, VCH also declared the outbreak at Lakeview Care Centre in Vancouver, where VCH imposed restrictions on November 26, to be over as of today.

      Today, Fraser Health stated that due to challenging outbreaks at Tabor Home (31944 Sunrise Crescent) and Menno Home (32910 Brundige Avenue), both in Abbotsford, the health authority is adding “additional leadership supports for the pandemic response to provide oversight of COVID-19 response”. Case numbers for each outbreak weren’t provided.

      None of the five health authorities announced any new public exposure events.

      The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) added four flights confirmed with COVID-19 to its lists:

      • November 26: United Airlines/SkyWest 5436, San Francisco to Vancouver;
      • November 28: Air Canada 111, Toronto to Vancouver;
      • November 28: WestJet 3342, Calgary to Kelowna;
      • November 30: Air Canada 111, Toronto to Vancouver.

      For affected row information, visit the BCCDC website.

      W.K. Seaton Secondary

      School exposures

      Four regional health authorities had schools with new exposure dates for a total of 56 schools.

      Once again, Island Health didn’t have any new exposures.

      Northern Health had three schools with new exposure dates.

      In Terrace, Suwilaawks Community School (3430 Sparks Street) had exposures on November 27 and 30.

      In Fort St. John, Energetic Learning Campus ((9708 93rd Avenue), which previously had an exposure event from November 16 to 20, had new exposures from November 23 to 27 and 30.

      In Prince George, Peden Hill Elementary School (3500 Westwood Drive), which previously had an exposure event from November 12 to 17, and from November 17 to 20—had a new exposure event from November 24 to 27.

      Chute Lake Elementary

      Interior Health

      Interior Health had nine schools with new exposure dates.

      In Vernon, W.L. Seaton Secondary School (2701 41st Avenue) had an exposure on November 26.

      In Kelowna, eight schools had new dates:

      • École KLO Middle School (3130 Gordon Drive)—which had previous exposures on October 30 and November 2, from November 3 to 6, and on November 8; from November 9 to 10; and from November 17 to 19—added November 27;
      • École Élémentaire Casorso Elementary School (3675 Casorso Road)—which previously had exposures from November 5 to 6; from November 9 to 10; and on November 12—had an exposure event from November 26 to 27;
      • Watson Road Elementary School (475 Yates Road) had exposures from November 23 to 24;
      • Okanagan Mission Secondary School (4544 Gordon Drive)—which previously had exposures from October 28 to 30; from November 2 to 3; on November 10; and on November 12—added November 26;
      • Chute Lake Elementary (5240 Lark Street) had exposures from November 23 to 27;
      • A.S. Matheson Elementary (2090 Gordon Drive) had exposures from November 25 to 27;
      • Canyon Falls Middle School (1211 Frost Road)—which had previous exposures from November 18 to 19—added November 26 to 27;
      • Bankhead Elementary School (1280 Wilson Avenue) had an exposure on November 26.

      In Summerland, Giant's Head Elementary (10503 Prairie Valley Road), which had previous exposures from November 23 to 26, added November 27.

      In Penticton, Princess Margaret Secondary (120 Green Avenue West), which previously had exposures from November 26 to 27, added November 25.

      École Dorothy Lynas Elementary

      Vancouver Coastal Health

      Two schools in Richmond added new dates:

      • William Bridge Elementary (10400 Leonard Road), which had previous exposures from October 26 to 29, and on November 2, had an exposure on November 30;
      • Richmond Secondary School (7171 Minoru Boulevard)—which previously had exposures from October 7 to 9; from November 2 to 3; and from November 24 to 25—added November 26 to 27.

      In Vancouver, two schools added new exposure dates:

      • École Jules-Verne (5445 Baillie Street) had exposures on November 30 and from December 1 to 2;
      • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (2550 Camosun Street)—which previously had exposure events from October 19 to 22; from November 24 to 26; and from November 27 and 30—added December 1 to 2.

      In North Vancouver, École Dorothy Lynas Elementary (4000 Inlet Crescent) had an exposure on November 25.

      Dave Kandal Elementary

      Fraser Health

      Fraser Health had 37 schools that added new dates, with most of them in Surrey.

      Two schools in Abbotsford added new exposure dates:

      • King Traditional Elementary (28776 King Road) had exposures from November 24 to 26;
      • Dave Kandal Elementary (3351 Crestview Avenue)—which previously had exposures on October 15 and 16; from November 4 to 6; and from November 17 to 18—added November 26;

      In Burnaby, three schools added new exposure dates:

      • Byrne Creek Secondary (7777 18th Street)—which previously had exposures on October 26, and on November 18 and 20—added November 26 to 27;
      • Gilpin Elementary (5490 Eglinton Street), which previously had an exposure on November 2, added November 20;
      • Westridge Elementary School (510 Duncan Avenue), which previously had an exposure incident on October 9, added November 25 to 27.

      In Coquitlam, Roy Stibbs Elementary (600 Fairview Street), which previously had exposures on October 16 and November 9, added November 27.

      Three schools in Chilliwack had new exposures:

      • Promontory Heights Community Elementary (46200 Stoneview Drive) had exposures on November 26 and from 28 to 30;
      • Rosedale Traditional Community School (50850 Yale Road) in Rosedale, which previously had exposures from October 26 to 28 and from November 23 to 24, added November 27;
      • Chilliwack Secondary (46363 Yale Road)—which previously had exposure events from September 22 to 24; from October 26 to 29; from November 3 to 5; from November 12 to 13; and on November 17—added November 23 to 25.

      In Delta, five schools added new exposure dates:

      • Chalmers Elementary (11315 75th Avenue)—which had previous exposures on November 12, 13, and 16; from November 17 to 20; and from November 23 to 24—added November 25 to 27;
      • Delview Secondary (9111 116th Street)—which previously had an exposure on October 29; from November 6 to 16; and from November 23 to 25—added November 26 to 27;
      • Hellings Elementary (11655 86th Avenue)—which previously had exposures on November 19, 20, 23 to 26—added November 27;
      • Ladner Elementary (5016 44th Avenue), which previously had an exposure on November 26, added November 20 and from November 23 to 25;
      • North Delta Secondary (11447 82nd Avenue)—which previously had an exposure event from November 12 to 13; from November 19 to 20; and on November 23 and 27—added November 25 to 26.

      In Langley, Langley Fundamental Middle and Secondary School (21250 42nd Avenue) had an exposure on November 23.

      In Mission, Edwin S. Richards Elementary (33419 Cherry Avenue) had exposure on November 20 and 23.

      Surrey had 21 schools with new exposure dates:

      • Cedar Hills Elementary (12370 98th Avenue), which previously had exposures on October 13 and on November 16, added November 23 to 27;
      • Chimney Hill Elementary (14755 74th Avenue)—which previously had exposures on November 11, 13, 18, 19, and 24—added November 27;
      • Coast Meridian Elementary (8222 168a Street), which previously had an exposure event from November 9 to 10, added November 27;
      • Cougar Creek Elementary (12236 70a Avenue), which previously had an exposure on November 26, added November 27;
      • Enver Creek Secondary (14505 84th Avenue)—which previously had exposures on October 9, 14, and 26; and from November 3 to 5, 9, and 16—added November 30 and December 1;
      • Frank Hurt Secondary (13940 77th Avenue) in Surrey—which previously had exposures from October 1 to 2; from October 5 to 9; from October 13 to 16; on October 19, 21, 22, and 30from November 2 to 3; on November 4, 5, 10, and 12from November 16 to 17; and on November 19; from November 23 to 27—added November 30;
      • Green Timbers Elementary (8824 144th Street)—which previously had exposure events on September 29; from November 9 to 10; from November 16 to 19—added November 23 to 24;
      • James Ardiel Elementary (13751 112nd Avenue), which previously had an exposure on November 9, added November 26, 27, and 30 and December 1 to 2;
      • Johnston Heights Secondary (15350 99 Avenue)—which previously had exposure event from September 8 to 11; on October 19; from November 9 to 12; on November 13; and from November 16 to 20—added November 23 to 25;
      • École K.B. Woodward (13130 106 Avenue), which had previous exposure incidents on September 18 and 21 to 23, added November 30;
      • Kirkbride Elementary (12150 92nd Avenue), which previously had exposures from November 25 to 27, added November 20, 23, and 24;
      • Kwantlen Park Secondary (10441 132 Street)—which had previous exposures from October 13 to 14; from October 21 to 22; and from November 2 to 3—added November 25 to 27 as exposure dates;
      • Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary (6151 180th Street)—which previously had exposures from September 14 to 15; on November 10 and 12; from November 16 to 17; from November 18 to 19; on November 20; and from November 23 to 24—added November 30 and December 1;
      • École Panorama Ridge Secondary (13220 64th Avenue)—which previously had exposures on September 8 and 10; from September 30 to October 1; from October 6 to 9 and 13 to 15; from October 19 to 20; on November 3, 4, and 5on November 16; from November 17 to 19; on November 20 and 23; and from November 24 to 25—added November 26, 27, and 30 and December 1 to 2;
      • Simon Cunningham Elementary (9380 140th Street), which previously had exposures on November 13 and 23, added November 26 to 27;
      • T.E. Scott Elementary (7079 148th Street)—which previously had exposures from September 14 to 15, and from November 17 to 18; from November 19 to 20; and on November 25—added November 27;
      • Holy Cross Regional High School (16193 88th Avenue) added November 27;
      • Iqra School (14590 116a Avenue) added November 30;
      • Khalsa School Newton (6933 124th Street)—which previously had exposure events from September 22 to 25; from October 20 to 22; from October 28 to 30; from November 16 to 17; and from November 18 to 20—added November 23 to 24;
      • Khalsa Secondary (10589 124th Street)—which had previous exposure events from September 9 and 10; September 30 to October 2; from October 13 to 15; and from November 17 to 19—added November 20, 23, and 24;
      • Sikh Academy Surrey (12895 85th Avenue), which had a previous exposure on November 18, had exposures from November 24 to 27.

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