B.C. reports 624 new COVID-19 cases, 79 in Island Health

B.C. reports 624 new COVID-19 cases, 79 in Island Health
Province of BC

British Columbia health officials are reporting 624 new cases of COVID-19 for the entire province on Thursday, with 79 linked to the Island Health region.

Within the Island Health region, there is currently a total of 770 active COVID-19 cases.

In a statement released to the media, Dr. Bonnie Henry says that 373 are in hospital with 132 people in critical care as a result of the virus. There are currently 5,929 active cases in British Columbia.

Since Wednesday’s numbers, there have been 78 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 258 in the Fraser Health region, 79 in the Island Health region, 118 in the Interior Health region, 91 in the Northern Health region and no cases for people who reside outside of Canada.

There were four additional deaths related to the virus on Thursday. This brings the provincial death total over the course of the pandemic to 1,996. One of the deaths in the last 24 hours was a resident from Vancouver Island.

Also as of Thursday, the total number of cases in British Columbia over the course of the pandemic has reached 191,748.

As for the Province’s total vaccination program, B.C. has now administered a total of 7,921,070 doses of COVID-19 immunizations.

Health officials say that equates to first doses for 89.0 per cent of all eligible adult British Columbians and 88.5 per cent of all eligible people 12 and older.

In addition, 82.8 per cent of all eligible adults have received their second dose, totalling 3,582,13 residents.

From Sept. 29-Oct. 5, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 70.8% of cases and from Sept. 22-Oct. 5, they accounted for 78.3% of hospitalizations.

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