2 deaths recorded in Island Health as B.C. reports 655 new COVID-19 cases

2 deaths recorded in Island Health as B.C. reports 655 new COVID-19 cases

British Columbia health officials on Tuesday reported 655 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths since their last update on Aug. 30.

The two deaths occurred in Island Health, according to the province.

The number of confirmed cases in B.C. climbs to 166,068 at while the death toll is now at 1,816. The death toll within the Island Health region now stands at 47.

Of the new cases, 68 were in Island Health, 99 were recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 186 were in Fraser Health, 242 were in Interior Health, and 60 were in Northern Health.

There are currently 6,045 active cases in the province — including 620 active cases on Vancouver Island — and 187 people in hospital throughout British Columbia, 103 of whom are in intensive care.

A total of 157,94 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 while 7,463,858 doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide.

New data from the province shows that people not fully vaccinated accounted for 80.2 per cent of cases and 88.7 per cent of hospitalizations between Aug. 16 and Aug. 29.

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

Island Health

After posting an all-time high for active cases, there appears to have been a massive drop over the past 24 hours.

According to the latest update from Island Health, there are 440 active cases on Vancouver Island, which is a decrease of 83 cases in the past 24 hours.

Of those active cases, 64 are in the North Island, 165 are in the Central Island, and 211 are in the South Island.

However, the provincial government lists Vancouver Island’s active case count at 620, which is 180 cases lower than what Island Health reports. There are often discrepancies between the figures due to “differences in reporting” time-frames, according to the two agencies. Either way, active cases have never been higher on Vancouver Island.

Thirteen people in the region are in hospital due to the coronavirus, 10 of whom are in critical care — unchanged from Aug. 30.

In the past 24 hours, 33 people have recovered from COVID-19, 944 tests for the virus were performed and 1,789 doses of vaccine were administered on Vancouver Island. Of those doses, 25 were AstraZeneca, 1,039 were Moderna, and 725 doses were Pfizer.

A total of 1,245,821 vaccine doses — 596,571 are second doses — have been administered on Vancouver Island. This includes 32,910 doses of AstraZeneca, 318,749 doses of Moderna, and 894,162 doses of Pfizer.

There have been 1,174 new cases reported, 105,759 doses of vaccine administered and six deaths recorded in the Island Health region since Aug. 3.

Since the pandemic began, a total of 6,481 cases, 47 deaths, 286 total hospitalizations, and 5,781 recoveries have been recorded on Vancouver Island.

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