British Columbia health officials Tuesday reported 324 new COVID-19 cases — with 36 linked to the Island Health region — and one new death since their last update on Nov. 22.
The number of confirmed cases in B.C. is now at 216,012 while the death toll climbs to 2,304. A total of 210,478 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 while 8,568,132 million doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide.
Of the 324 new cases, 11 were people who normally reside outside of Canada while the lone death occurred in the Northern Health region. Officials, in a statement released to the media, noted that the 11 cases are “historical” and had previously been removed due to a “data correction” but are “now being correctly re-assigned as out-of-country.”
Currently, there are 3,047 active cases in the province and 345 people in hospital — 115 of whom are in intensive care.
When it comes to the Island Health region, there are 415 active cases, 51 people are currently in hospital, 12 of whom are in critical care, according to the provincial government. However, Island Health’s dashboard shows 381 active cases — 71 in North Island, 216 in Central Island and 94 in South Island.
Tuesday’s figures were released hours after Dr. Bonnie Henry, the province’s provincial health officer, announced that immunizations for kids between the ages of five and 11 will start next week, with more than 350,000 children eligible for the vaccine and over 90,000 already registered.
Meanwhile, new data shows that people not fully vaccinated accounted for 58.4 per cent of cases recorded between Nov. 13 and Nov. 21. They also accounted for 69 per cent of all hospitalizations between Nov. 8 and Nov. 21, according to the provincial government.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 12,244 cases reported, 119 deaths, 646 total hospitalizations, 11,665 recoveries, 461,848 tests for COVID-19, and 1,420,410 doses of vaccine administered on Vancouver Island, according to the BCCDC’s dashboard.