For the first time in several weeks, Russell County has reported less than 10 new COVID-19 cases in a two or three day span. There is a cumulative total of 12,090 probable cases (antigen test), including 32 probable deaths.
1: The number of people infected by each confirmed case, or R (t). The majority of the 395 dead in B.C. from the coronavirus have been in their 70s or 80s.
Over the past 30 days, there have been 818 COVID-19 cases reported from 90 separate long-term care facilities, including 309 staff members. On Nov. 8, that average was 104 new cases.
Six people are now being treated in hospital, one more than on Saturday. There are 182 people being quarantined for monitoring in the city of Warren. Hospital occupancy is at 71.5 per cent, with critical care occupancy at 55.6 per cent.
While health officials struggle to contain outbreaks in numerous parts of the province, mainly in Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health, Dr. Bonnie Henry was forced to turn to last-resort measures in issuing new restrictions. Two patients and one staff member have tested positive.
To put November's spike into perspective; in the entirety of October, the county had seen 3,448 new cases of the virus.
This month's surge in cases isn't a surprise to health experts.
The province reports 13 more people in the EOHU have tested positive for COVID-19.
In response to some questions about why certain activities have been stopped, Henry said community transmission has been much higher than in previous months.
"Maybe in September parents were willing to take their kids for their first (nasal) swab, but, when it becomes their third or fourth, parents might say, 'OK, this is very hard for us to watch our kid getting this".
"If you do plan on shopping, do not forget to keep your COVID safety plans in mind-and that means keeping your distance, wearing your mask, washing your hands, keeping your numbers small and keeping local", she said.