65 new COVID-19 cases, one death reported on Vancouver Island

65 new COVID-19 cases, one death reported on Vancouver Island

The province’s health officials are reporting on Thursday 774 new cases of COVID-19 across B.C. and five deaths since their last update on Sept. 8.

Of those numbers, 65 cases and one death are in Island Health.

There are 233 new cases in Fraser Health, 123 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 253 new cases in Interior Health, 98 in Northern Health and two new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

Thursday’s case count includes three epi-linked cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the province up to 172,338. With the five new deaths, 1,847 people have died in total.

There are 5,594 active COVID-19 cases in the province, 487 of which are in Island Health.

Island Health is reporting 428 active cases Thursday — 59 fewer cases than what the province outlined — with 66 of them on the North Island, 180 on the Central Island, and 182 active cases on the South Island.

From Sept. 1 to 7, there were 4,694 cases and 78.6 per cent of them were people not fully vaccinated, according to new data from the ministry of health.

Over the past two weeks, from Aug. 25 to Sept. 7, there were a total of 344 people hospitalized. Of those cases, 80.5 per cent were not vaccinated.

The Ministry of Health says people that aren’t vaccinated are 34 times more likely to be hospitalized than those fully vaccinated, after factoring for age.

As of Thursday, 85.3 per cent of all eligible people in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 77.8 per cent have received their second dose.

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