COVID-19 update from November 13 to 14: 992 cases over two days, 23 deaths | What we know about the latest variant of Delta | Modern Vaccine Approved for Booster Vaccine

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 from November 13-14, 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.


BC COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

According to the latest figures given on November 12:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 211,750 (4,265 active)
• New cases since November 10: 992
• Total deaths: 2,257 (23 additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 384 (42 less)
• Intensive care: 124 (no change)
• Total vaccinations: 4,198,575 received the first dose; 4,010,702 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 204,963
• Long-term care and assisted living homes and acute care facilities currently affected: 25

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IN DEEP: Here are all the cases of BC from the new coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020


BC GUIDES AND LINKS

• COVID-19: Here is everything you need to know about the new coronavirus

• COVID-19: The BC Vaccine Passport is here and this is how it works

• COVID-19: Here’s how to get vaccinated in British Columbia

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

• COVID-19: Fear of needles? Here’s how to get over your fear and get vaccinated

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

• COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in BC

What we know about the COVID-19 variant of Delta’s new offspring

Two new descendants of Delta circulating in Canada that seem to have a survival advantage, seem a little more spread out, tell us that SARS-CoV-2 may still have “much more room” to continue adapting to humans, say the scientists.

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“It’s hard to say what the ceiling is,” said Jesse Shapiro, associate professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at McGill University in Montreal.

“It will keep going up to find a peak of adaptation. But we really don’t know how close to the peak we are. “

The two Delta sublineages, designated AY.25 and AY.27, were first detected in Canada in the spring. Cases have been detected in all provinces except Prince Edward Island, with the highest numbers in western Canada. AY.25 is becoming the predominant circulating strain in Saskatchewan. In Ontario, AY.25 accounted for 31 percent of the 1,670 confirmed COVID-19 cases sequenced over a recent four-week period.

In total, more than 38,000 genomic sequences from samples from across Canada have been deposited with a global data portal that tracks the spread of SARS-CoV-2 variants.

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Read more here.

—Sharon Kirkey

23 more deaths, 992 COVID-19 cases in two days

British Columbia has reported 992 new COVID-19 cases diagnosed in the past two days and 23 more deaths, bringing the death toll in the province to 2,257.

The Health Ministry says there are 4,265 active infections in BC with 384 people in the hospital, including 124 in intensive care.

Fraser Health has the highest number of active infections with 1,575, followed by Interior Health with 862, Northern Health with 645, Island Health with 614 and 510 in the Vancouver Coastal Health Region.

There are 25 health care centers with active COVID-19 outbreaks, including new outbreaks at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

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—The Canadian press

Modern Vaccine Approved for Booster Vaccine

Health Canada has now authorized the use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine (Spikevax) as a booster injection to help citizens maintain their long-term protection against the respiratory virus.

On Friday, the public agency announced that after an independent review, Moderna’s booster vaccine, which is half the regular mRNA vaccine, met all safety, efficacy and quality requirements.

The approval was supported by a clinical study that found that COVID-19 antibodies decreased after six months. The third dose helped boost neutralizing titers “significantly,” according to the drug company. The side effects of the booster vaccine were similar to those seen after a second dose of vaccine.

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BC MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE RECORDS, VACCINATION RATES

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:


BC VACCINES FOLLOW-UP



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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