B.C. reports 698 new COVID-19 cases, 69 on Vancouver Island

B.C. reports 698 new COVID-19 cases, 69 on Vancouver Island

British Columbia health officials on Wednesday reported 698 new COVID-19 cases and one death since their last update on Aug 24.

Of the new cases, 69 were in Island Health, 129 were in Vancouver Coastal Health, 203 were in Fraser Health, 252 were in Interior Health, and 45 were in Northern Health.  The lone death was recorded in the Fraser Health region.

There are currently 5,356 active cases in the province, 139 people in hospital — 75 of whom are in intensive care. Additionally, there are now 470 active cases on Vancouver Island, according to provincial health officials.

Between Aug. 10 and Aug. 23, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 83.3 per cent of all cases and 85 per cent of hospitalizations in B.C., according to provincial health officials.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 161,969 confirmed cases, 154,669 recoveries, 7,369,741 doses of vaccine have been administered, and 1,802 deaths recorded in British Columbia.

Today’s data was released as a statement to the media.

Island Health

According to the latest update from Island Health, there are 397 active cases on Vancouver Island — 67 in North Island, 159 in Central Island and 171 in South Island.

Twelve people in the region are currently in hospital, and all 12 of them are in critical care.

Over the past 24 hours, there were 1,143 new tests for COVID-19 performed and 2,963 doses of vaccine administered on Vancouver Island. Of those doses, 20 were AstraZeneca, 1,709 were Moderna and 1,234 doses were Pfizer.

A total of 1,231,312 vaccine doses — 588,586 are second doses — have been administered on Vancouver Island. This includes 32,805 doses of AstraZeneca, 310,259 doses of Moderna, and 888,248 doses of Pfizer.

There have been 6,108 cases reported, 43 deaths, 278 total hospitalizations, and 5,552 recoveries on Vancouver Island since the onset of the pandemic.

Editor’s note: The BCCDC lists the active case count for Vancouver Island at 470, which is 73 more active cases than what Island Health has reported. There are often discrepancies between the figures due to “differences in reporting” timeframes between the two agencies.

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Nicholas PescodNicholas Pescod
April LawrenceApril Lawrence

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