B.C. reports over 700 new COVID-19 cases, 81 in Island Health region

B.C. reports over 700 new COVID-19 cases, 81 in Island Health region
Province of BC

British Columbia health officials are reporting 706 new cases of COVID-19 for the entire province on Thursday, with 81 linked to the Island Health region.

Within the Island Health region, there is currently a total of 638 active COVID-19 cases.

In a statement released to the media, Dr. Bonnie Henry says that 291 are in hospital with 134 people in critical care as a result of the virus. There are currently 5,844 active cases in British Columbia.

Since Wednesday’s numbers, there have been 105 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 203 in the Fraser Health region, 81 in the Island Health region, 213 in the Interior Health region, 104 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 1,877.

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Three of the deaths were in the Fraser Health region and one in the Northern Health Region.

Also as of Thursday, the total number of cases in British Columbia over the course of the pandemic has reached 177,186.

As for the Province’s total vaccination program, B.C. has now administered a total of 7,658,443 doses of COVID-19 immunizations.

Health officials say that equates to first doses for 86.8 per cent of all eligible adult British Columbians and 86.3 per cent of all eligible people 12 and older.

In addition, 79.7 per cent of all eligible adults have received their second dose, totalling 3,445,951 residents.

Looking back at the last week, the Province says that between Sept. 8-14, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 76.1 per cent of cases and from Sept. 1-14 they accounted for 86.4 per cent of hospitalizations.

“After factoring for age, people not vaccinated are 35.7 times more likely to be hospitalized than those fully vaccinated,” reads a joint statement from the Province.

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