B.C. reports 715 new COVID-19 cases, 61 in Island Health

B.C. reports 715 new COVID-19 cases, 61 in Island Health
Province of BC

British Columbia health officials are reporting 715 new cases of COVID-19 for the entire province on Thursday, with 61 linked to the Island Health region.

Within the Island Health region, there is currently a total of 504 active COVID-19 cases.

In a statement released to the media, Dr. Bonnie Henry says that 377 are in hospital with 136 people in critical care as a result of the virus. There are currently 4,965 active cases in British Columbia.

Since Wednesday’s numbers, there have been 60 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 285 in the Fraser Health region, 61 in the Island Health region, 137 in the Interior Health region, 172 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, all of them located in the Northern Health region. This brings the provincial death total over the course of the pandemic to 2,096.

Also as of Thursday, the total number of cases in British Columbia over the course of the pandemic has reached 200,249.

As for the Province’s total vaccination program, B.C. has now administered a total of 8,103,896 doses of COVID-19 immunizations.

Health officials say that equates to first doses for 89.8 per cent of all eligible adult British Columbians and 89.4 per cent of all eligible people 12 and older.

In addition, 84.4 per cent of all eligible adults have received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, totalling 3,652,493 residents.

From Oct. 13-19, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 66.4% of cases and from Oct. 6-19, they accounted for 76.2% of hospitalizations.

There continues to be an ongoing outbreak in Island Health at the Tofino General Hospital as well.

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