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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus situation in BC

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus situation in British Columbia for November 16, 2021.


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We will provide summaries of what is happening in BC right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated periodically throughout the day, and updates will be 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 on weekends at 7pm by signing up for our newsletter. here.


According to the latest figures given on November 15:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 213,020 (3,837 active)
• New cases since November 12: 1270
• Total deaths: 2273 (16 additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 376 (less than 8)
• Intensive care: 116 (less than 8)
• Total vaccinations: 4,203,257 received the first dose; 4,021,455 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 206,665
• Long-term care and assisted living homes and acute care facilities currently affected: 23


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• COVID-19: Find your neighborhood on our interactive map of cases and vaccination rates in BC

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• COVID-19: Five things to know about the spread of the P1 variant in BC

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BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


1:30 pm – Health officials are ready to provide an update on COVID-19 in BC

Health Minister Adrian Dix and BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry are holding a press conference Tuesday at 1:30 pm for an update on COVID-19.


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On Monday, BC reported 1,270 new COVID-19 cases over a three-day period from Friday to Sunday.

There were also 16 more deaths during this time period, bringing the death toll to 2,273.

The Health Ministry said 502 new cases were reported between Friday and Saturday; 387 between Saturday and Sunday; and 381 from Sunday to Monday.

Unvaccinated Federal Employees Were Not Granted Exemptions From Unpaid Leave Today

OTTAWA – Central federal public sector employees who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were to be put on leave without pay on Monday, unless they were already granted an accommodation.

The policy could leave more than 1,000 workers unpaid and unable to access employment insurance benefits.


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As of November 3, the vast majority, about 95%, of federal public servants were reported to be fully vaccinated.

The government said 1,255 workers reported that they are not vaccinated at all, representing about 0.5% of employees who have declared their status.

There are 7,284 workers with a single injection of the COVID-19 vaccine. They have been given 10 weeks after their first dose to receive their second injection before they are also assigned unpaid leave.

The government said it would accommodate employees who cannot be vaccinated for health, religious or other reasons protected by the Human Rights Act, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned early on in the policy that waivers and accommodations would be difficult to obtain.


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The Treasury Board Secretariat has not yet released how many unvaccinated or partially vaccinated employees have received some type of accommodation, such as the opportunity to work from home.

Federal public sector unions are still waiting to know how many of their members have received special accommodations and how many have received unpaid leave.

Unions have said they plan to file complaints if they feel an employee’s human rights were not respected.

– The Canadian press

Pfizer will allow generic versions of its COVID pill in 95 countries

Pfizer Inc said Tuesday it will allow generic manufacturers to supply its experimental COVID-19 antiviral pill to 95 low- and middle-income countries through a licensing agreement with the international public health group Medicines Patent Pool (MPP).

The voluntary license agreement between Pfizer and MPP will allow the UN-backed group to sub-license qualified generic drug manufacturers to make their own versions of PF-07321332. Pfizer will sell the pills it makes under the Paxlovid brand.

Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontieres said it was “disheartened” by the deal, which it said was restrictive and excluded countries like Argentina and China with established capacity to produce generic drugs.

“The world already knows that access to COVID-19 medical tools must be guaranteed for everyone, everywhere, if we really want to control this pandemic,” said Yuanqiong Hu, senior legal policy advisor at MSF.

Pfizer, which also makes one of the most widely used COVID-19 vaccines, has said that the pill reduced the chance of hospitalization or death in adults at risk of serious illness by 89% in its clinical trial. The drug will be used in combination with ritonavir, an HIV drug that is now available generically.

– Reuters

BC Lawyer Seeks Exemption for Fully Vaccinated Child Denied Vaccination Card

A BC attorney wants health authorities to grant his son an exemption from having to obtain a vaccination card after the son was denied the card despite being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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Darcy Lawrence says her son, Andrew Flockhart, was initially “hesitant to vaccinate,” but eventually realized he needed to be vaccinated, so he went to the Northern Health clinic at the Quesnel Seniors’ Center and received his first Modern vaccine on 20 May. October. .

Sechelt’s lawyer says his son, who is employed by the Ministry of Forestry as a forest fire technician and faces a provincial government mandate that requires him to be fully vaccinated by November 22, returned to the clinic on November 5 to find out. . when he could get his second shot.

He says the clinic told Flockhart, 26, that he could get the second injection right away, even though the minimum wait time between COVID injections is currently 28 days. Flockhart received the second injection on November 5, just 16 days after the first.


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Lawrence, a longtime criminal defense attorney, says no one told his son he had to wait 28 days for the second shot.

Read more here.

– Keith Fraser


Find out how your neighborhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


LOCAL RESOURCES for information on COVID-19

Here is a host of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information

HealthLink BC – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Page

BC Center 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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