B.C. reports 596 new COVID-19 cases, 54 in Island Health region

B.C. reports 596 new COVID-19 cases, 54 in Island Health region
Province of BC

British Columbia health officials are reporting 596 new cases of COVID-19 for the entire province on Thursday, with 54 linked to the Island Health region.

Within the Island Health region, there is currently a total of 618 active COVID-19 cases.

In a statement released to the media, Dr. Bonnie Henry says that 438 are in hospital with 130 people in critical care as a result of the virus. There are currently 4,451 active cases in British Columbia.

Since Wednesday’s numbers, there have been 46 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 222 in the Fraser Health region, 54 in the Island Health region, 115 in the Interior Health region, 159 in the Northern Health region and no cases for people who reside outside of Canada.

There were eight additional deaths related to the virus on Thursday, with none of them being located in Island Health. This brings the provincial death total over the course of the pandemic to 2,200.

Also as of Thursday, the total number of cases in British Columbia over the course of the pandemic has reached 207,716.

As for the Province’s total vaccination program, B.C. has now administered a total of 8,295,846 doses of COVID-19 immunizations.

Health officials say that equates to first doses for 90.5 per cent of all eligible adult British Columbians and 90.1 per cent of all eligible people 12 and older.

In addition, 86.2 per cent of all eligible adults have received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, totalling 3,728,579 residents.

From Oct. 27 to Nov. 2, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 64.5% of cases and from Oct. 20 to Nov. 2 they accounted for 71.8% of hospitalizations.

There are currently two ongoing outbreaks within the Island Health Authority, one at Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence in Nanaimo and the other at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital



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