B.C. reports 605 new cases of COVID-19, 92 in Island Health

B.C. reports 605 new cases of COVID-19, 92 in Island Health

British Columbia health officials have reported 605 new cases and four new deaths from COVID-19 since their last update on Tuesday.

The number of confirmed cases in B.C. climbs to 195,186 while the province’s death toll now stands at 2,033. Three of the deaths occurred in Northern Health, while one occurred in Island Health, according to the Ministry of Health.

Of the new cases, 82 were recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 245 were in Fraser Health, 92 in Island Health, 119 in Interior Health, and 67 in Northern Health.

There are currently 5,172 active cases in the province and 374 people in hospital — 153 of whom are in intensive care.

A total of 187,564 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 while 7,991,932 doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide. Nearly 90 per cent (89.4%) of all eligible adults have received a first dose of vaccine while 83.4 per cent have received a second dose.

Officials say between Oct. 5-11, people who weren’t fully vaccinated accounted for 68 per cent of new cases and between Sept. 28-Oct. 11, they accounted for 73.4 per cent of all hospitalizations.

The province confirmed that there has been an additional COVID-19 outbreak at Tofino General Hospital for a total of 19 active outbreaks at health and long-term care facilities.

READ MORE: COVID-19 outbreak declared at Tofino General Hospital

In Island Health, there are currently 640 active cases of COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Health. However, Island Health itself is reporting 550 active cases on its own public dashboard, though the numbers can often lag behind.

Of those active cases, 61 are in the North Island, 242 are in the Central Island and 247 are in the South Island.

According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, there have been 78 deaths overall in Island Health due to COVID-19. Currently, 44 people are hospitalized and 28 are in critical care in the health authority.


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