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COVID-19 DAILY BULLETIN: November 16, 2020

Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix Joint Statement

New cases: 1,959 (3 epi-linked)

  • November 13-14: 654 new cases
  • November 14-15: 659
  • November 15-16: 646

Geographical Health Regions of new cases:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health Region: 455
  • Fraser Health Region: 1,361
  • Island Health Region: 41
  • Interior Health Region: 87
  • Northern Health Region: 14
  • People residing outside of Canada: 1

Total active cases in the provine: 6,279

Total cases since start of pandemic: 22,944

Individuals who are hospitalized: 181 (57 of whom are in intensive care) 

People under active public health monitoring: 10,928

Recovered cases: 16,087

Deaths: 299

New health-care facility outbreaks:

  • Al Hogg Pavilion
  • Jackman Manor
  • George Derby Centre
  • Kiwanis Care Centre
  • Columbus Residence
  • Holy Family Hospital
  • Arbutus Care Centre
  • PICS Assisted Living
  • Village by the Station
  • Hamlets at Westsyde
  • Burnaby Hospital

Active long term care or assisted living facility outbreaks: 41 (7 acute care facilities) 

Community outbreaks:

  • Platinum Athletic Club
  • Cambridge Elementary School

“It is the small yet essential efforts, like staying home when ill, not having social gatherings, minimizing our travel, maintaining a safe distance from others and using masks, that have a big impact.

“Today, we have seen that much of the transmission is occurring in private homes at social gatherings, at workplaces where people are gathering, or in risky indoor settings, like group fitness activities. These are all locations where there are limited layers of protection and people are not wearing masks.

“Masks are especially important in businesses and public spaces, on transit and ferries, when we are around people we don’t know and are unable to keep a safe distance. This also includes indoor public places like shopping malls, stores and community centres.

“It is important to remember that businesses are required to ensure the health and safety of their employees and right now, that means a requirement to have COVID-19 safety plans in place to operate.

“In addition to such things as barriers, having fewer people in spaces and health screening, masks are the cornerstone of many COVID-19 safety plans and should be included for all businesses or organizations that have public areas or require employees to gather. For customers who cannot wear a mask, businesses can provide virtual or curbside service instead.

“Equally important, employees and customers are required to abide by these safety plans. You wouldn’t ask a business owner to operate outside of their posted business hours, nor should you expect them to bend their COVID-19 rules for you.

“This is a critical time for all of us. Getting through this surge in new cases and through this pandemic requires all of us to do our part and support each other to do the same. It is how we reduce our risks and protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities.”