COVID-19 update for Sept. 24: Here's the latest on coronavirus in B.C.

Here's your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Sept. 24, 2020.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Sept. 24, 2020.

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.


CASE SUMMARY

• Total number of confirmed cases: 8,543 (1,371 active)
• New cases since Sept. 23: 148
• Hospitalized cases: 61
• Intensive care: 20
• COVID-19 related deaths: 229
• Cases under public health monitoring: 3,417
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 10

IN-DEPTH: COVID-19: Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus


GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: Have you been exposed? Here are all B.C. public health alerts

COVID-19: Avoid these hand sanitizers that are recalled in Canada

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

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


LATEST UPDATES

5 p.m. – Fraser Health confirms case with staff member at Peace Portal Seniors Village.

Enhanced control measures have been put in place. This brings the total number of care-homes and facilities affected to 10.

4 p.m. – B.C. health officials announce 148 new cases, two deaths as flu season approaches

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also delivered a warning about upcoming Thanksgiving festivities and the need to keep those celebrations safe.

3 p.m.Survey: Half of parents don’t have a plan if kids must stay home from school due to COVID-19

Back-to-school survey shows “parents are worried sick” more than a week into the new school year.

10 a.m. – Liberals propose upping value of new COVID-19 benefits to match sunsetting CERB

The value of weekly benefits for unemployed workers would rise to $500 a week under legislation the Liberals introduced today.

The proposal still needs parliamentary approval, but would bring the value of payments to the same level as under the soon-to-disappear Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

The same floor will be placed on employment insurance benefits for those eligible for the program.

A bill to create the new benefits regime was introduced in the House of Commons this morning, with only a few days before the first wave of recipients max out the CERB.

The Canadian Press

9:30 a.m. – Parliament resumes full operations today with debate on throne speech

The fate of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal government hangs in the balance as Parliament resumes all normal operations today for the first time in six months.

Opposition parties will give their official responses to Wednesday’s speech from the throne but they’ve already signalled that Trudeau can’t count on support from any of them to survive the eventual confidence vote and avoid plunging the country into an election in the midst of a second wave of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

They’ve already signalled the government can’t count on support from any of them to survive the eventual confidence vote and avoid plunging the country into an election when some areas are already in a second wave of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canadian Press

7 a.m. – B.C. teacher files claim, says she caught COVID but hadn’t been told about student’s positive test

A Vancouver high-school teacher who tested positive or COVID-19 was never contacted by public health officials after a student in her class was confirmed to have the illness, she says.Renee Willock, West Vancouver Teachers Association president, told CTV that instead, the teacher was alerted by students who were themselves contact-traced and asked to isolate.

As a result the teacher, who works at Sentinel Secondary School in West Vancouver, has filed a claim over the matter with WorkSafeBC, the provincial agency that promotes safe and healthy workspaces.

“The teacher is hugely frustrated,” Willock said. “She could have gone out on Saturday and spread this further and that didn’t need to be the case.”

The teacher stayed home after finding out the student was positive, but she herself began to feel sick the next day. Public health officials are now investigating whether the teacher became infected by the student.

Since reopening schools two weeks ago, no confirmed transmission of COVID-19 between a student and a teacher has occurred in Vancouver. But Willock says this case has set off alarms for teachers, as it shows them there are failings in the current system.

Postmedia 

12 a.m. – 91 new cases reported in B.C. with no deaths

There were 91 new cases of COVID-19 reported in B.C. between noon Tuesday and noon Wednesday and no deaths.

The provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said there were now 1,376 active cases of the disease, with 62 people being treated in hospital including 18 in intensive care.

The number of active COVID-19 cases peaked at 1,987 on Sept. 21, but dropped the following day to 1,465.

According to the Ministry of Health, this was because Vancouver Coastal Health had not been passing on recovery data to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control over the past month as they were transitioning to a new data collection system.

Fraser Health has the most active cases, at 781, with Vancouver Coastal Health next with 517 cases. Island Health has only eight active cases.

Henry said there were 3,368 people in quarantine under public health monitoring after being potentially exposed to the disease. Of the 8,395 cases that have been reported in B.C., 6,769 have recovered and 227 have died.

COVID-19: 91 new cases reported in B.C. with no deaths



LOCAL RESOURCES

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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