On Thursday, B.C. health officials reported 1,130 new cases over a two-day period — 536 as of Wednesday and 594 as of Thursday — with 155 patients in hospital, 44 in intensive care and an additional four deaths to bring the provincial total to 288. There were 808 cases over the two-day reporting period in the Fraser Health Region and 248 in the Vancouver Coastal Health Region.
A concern in the two regions, aside from social gatherings, is residents travelling back and forth and possibly spreading the virus. And with a segment of Canuck fans travelling to home games by SkyTrain, there could be heightened concern if they enter the arena and are asymptomatic.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry introduced measures for a two-week crackdown on infection rates. She stated in the two health regions, residents are banned from social gatherings other than the immediate household, non-essential travel and indoor physical activities until Nov. 23.
Also on Thursday, Ontario reported a stunning 1,575 new daily cases, including 472 in Toronto. It’s the third consecutive day of a record high for a province that’s on track for 6,500 daily cases by mid-December.
The startling projection reflects the provincial government’s reluctance for a total lockdown of the Ontario economy by January. If stay-at-home legislation to protect the populace from rampant social-gathering transmission of the virus is introduced in the new year, it would make it impossible for fans to attend Maple Leaf games.