B.C. reports 580 new COVID-19 cases, 9 new deaths in last 24 hours

B.C. reports 580 new COVID-19 cases, 9 new deaths in last 24 hours
Province of BC

British Columbia health officials are reporting 580 new cases of COVID-19 for the entire province on Thursday, with 48 linked to the Island Health region.

Within the Island Health region, there is currently a total of 625 active COVID-19 cases.

In a statement released to the media, Dr. Bonnie Henry says that 378 are in hospital with 153 people in critical care as a result of the virus. There are currently 5,348 active cases in British Columbia.

Since Wednesday’s numbers, there have been 53 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 246 in the Fraser Health region, 48 in the Island Health region, 104 in the Interior Health region, 129 in the Northern Health region and no cases for people who reside outside of Canada.

There were nine additional deaths related to the virus on Thursday. This brings the provincial death total over the course of the pandemic to 2,042.

Of the total deaths in the last 24 hours, two were located in Island Health. For the others, there was one in Vancouver Coastal, five in Interior and one in Northern Health.

According to Dr. Bonnie Henry, the death in the Northern Health region was an unvaccinated individual in their 20s who succumbed to the virus.

Also as of Thursday, the total number of cases in British Columbia over the course of the pandemic has reached 162,693.

As for the Province’s total vaccination program, B.C. has now administered a total of 8,008,858 doses of COVID-19 immunizations.

Health officials say that equates to first doses for 89.4 per cent of all eligible adult British Columbians and 89.0 per cent of all eligible people 12 and older.

In addition, 83.6 per cent of all eligible adults have received their second dose, totalling 3,615,342 residents.

From Oct. 6-12, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 66.9% of cases. From Sept. 29-Oct. 12, they accounted for 75.0% of hospitalizations.

British Columbia’s health officials have also announced a new series of circuit breaker restrictions for residents living in the Northern Health Authority amid spiking COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix held a live press conference to announce the new restrictions, highlighting that there is a concern about the growing number of unvaccinated young people who are ending up in hospitals as a result of the virus.

The new restrictions announced on Thursday, October 14, will come into effect as of midnight and will last through to Friday, November 19.

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