B.C. premier unsure of quarantine plan for Vancouver Island travellers

Laverne Higgins
November 20, 2020

There are now more people in hospital with COVID-19 and more active cases than at any other point in the pandemic to date.

Most of the new cases are still being diagnosed in the Fraser Health region at 484 on Tuesday and Vancouver Coastal at 177, although another 21 people have tested positive in the Northern Health region, along with 18 in the Interior and 16 people on the Island. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

When it comes to how hard Canadians want to see the coronavirus tackled, the poll finds 53 per cent of survey takers say "deal with the virus at all costs", versus one-third who say we need to get people back to work.

The province's death count is now up to 320.

Dr. Bonnie Henry also reported a record high 717 new cases had been identified since Monday.

Oxford University vaccine results show strong immune response in older demographic
Older adults were also less likely to experience side-effects, which were usually mild. No serious adverse health events related to the vaccine were seen in the participants.

"We have seen an increase in new cases on Vancouver Island, in the Interior and in the North, many of which are connected to travel to and from the Lower Mainland". We need to put the brakes on the virus and doing this requires a sustained effort by all of us.

Henry says we must do all we can to help reduce the stress that the second wave of COVID-19 has caused on the Province's health care system.

The new provincial health orders restrict social gatherings of any size with anyone outside of your immediate household, as well as indoor group physical activities, including yoga, spin, group fitness and dance classes.

Now is the time to stay small, stay local and do your part - at home, work, school and in your community. Earlier in the day, Premier John Horgan alluded to a "second component" of the temporary regional health order Henry imposed on the Lower Mainland on November 9, which curtailed social interactions and forced gyms to submit new safety plans.

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