B.C. reports 525 new COVID-19 cases, 61 in Island Health

B.C. reports 525 new COVID-19 cases, 61 in Island Health

British Columbia health officials on Tuesday reported 525 new COVID-19 cases and one new death since their last update on Sept. 20.

The number of confirmed cases in B.C. is now at 180,178 while the death toll has hit 1,900.

Of the new cases identified in the past 24 hours, 61 were in Island Health, 51 were in Vancouver Coastal Health, 187 were in Fraser Health, 147 were in Interior Health, and 79 were in Northern Health.

There are currently 5,282 active cases in the province, 332 people in hospital — 155 of whom are in intensive care. The provincial government says there are 619 active cases in the Island Health region.

A total of 172,624 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 while more than 7.72 million doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide.

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

Island Health

According to the latest update on Island Health’s dashboard, there are 540 active cases — 40 in North Island, 181 in Central Island and 319 in South Island — on Vancouver Island.

Thirty-two people in the region are currently in hospital with COVID-19, 16 of whom are in critical care.

Over the past 24 hours, there were 117 recoveries, 1,273 new tests for COVID-19 performed and 2,104 doses of vaccine administered in the region.

The Island Health region has seen its overall case count increase 21 per cent since Sept. 1.

A total of 1,287,501 vaccine doses — 618,100 of those are second doses — have been administered on Vancouver Island. This includes 33,428 doses of AstraZeneca, 344,358 doses of Moderna and 909,715 doses of Pfizer.

Yesterday, the provincial government and the BCCDC’s active case count were different. A ministry spokesperson told CHEK News the reason for the discrepancy, which is uncommon, is likely because the province’s press release data was “based off of provisional data and the data sets were likely updated for the dashboard refresh.”

Since the pandemic began, there have been 7,941 cases reported, 58 deaths, 351 total hospitalizations, and 7,066 recoveries recorded on Vancouver Island.

Editor’s note: The BCCDC lists the active case count for Vancouver Island at 619, which is 79 more cases than Island Health’s active case count. There are often discrepancies between the BCCDC’s and Island Health’s figures due to “differences in reporting” timeframes between the two agencies, though Island Health has stated their figures are more reflective of the current situation.

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