COVID-19 in B.C.: Over 700 new cases and 4,000 active cases; three healthcare outbreaks; four public exposures; and more

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      While B.C. is under alert for extreme heat, the province has hit yet another new high for new cases in recent weeks.

      Also, the number of active cases has surpassed 4,000 cases, and case counts continued to climb in all categories and health regions.

      One day after B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced new orders for all longterm healthcare workers to obtain mandatory vaccinations, there are three new healthcare outbreaks.

      There are also four new public exposure incidents and a cluster in Northern B.C.

      B.C. update: August 13

      Today, the B.C. Health Ministry is reporting 717 new COVID-19 cases (including 11 epi-linked cases)

      Currently, there are 4,277 active cases, which is an increase of 443 cases since yesterday.

      Today, 82 individuals are in hospital (one more since yesterday), and 39 of those patients are in intensive care units (six more than yesterday).

      The new and active cases include:

      • 376 new cases in Interior Health, with 2,446 total active cases (247 more cases than yesterday);
      • 140 new cases in Fraser Health, with 821 total active cases (71 more cases);
      • 101 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, with 593 total active cases (54 more cases);
      • 60 new cases in Northern Health, with 163 total active cases (47 more cases);
      • 40 new cases in Island Health, with 245 total active cases (25 more cases);
      • no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada, with nine total active cases (one fewer case).

      There’s good news: no new COVID-19-related deaths have been reported over the past day. That leaves the overall number of fatalities during the pandemic at a total of 1,779 people who have died.

      With 262 recoveries since yesterday, a total of 148,964 people who tested positive have now recovered.

      During the pandemic, B.C. has recorded a cumulative total of 155,079 cases.

      B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry
      Province of British Columbia


      Since the provincial immunization program began in December, B.C. has administered 7,164,020 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

      As of today, 82.4 percent (3,818,952) of eligible people 12 and older have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 72 percent (3,337,348) received their second dose.

      In addition, 83.2 percent (3,599,872) of all eligible adults have received their first dose and 73.6 percent (3,183,232) received their second dose.

      Outbreaks and exposures

      Interior Health has declared three new healthcare outbreaks, all in Kelowna.

      Two of them are in assisted-living facilities: Hawthorn Park and David Lloyd Jones.

      The third is on the second floor of Village at Mill Creek.

      Accordingly, there are now 11 active outbreaks in healthcare facilities.

      In addition to the three previously mentioned facilities, there are active outbreaks at:

      • Fraser Health: Holyrood Manor, Kin Village West Court, Evergreen Baptist Care Society;
      • Interior Health: Nelson Jubilee Manor, Kootenay Street Village, Cottonwoods Care Centre, Brookhaven Care Centre;
      • Island Health: Discovery Harbour.

      Fraser Health has listed four new public exposure incidents:

      • Guru Nanak Sikh Temple (7050 120th Street) in Surrey on July 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.;
      • Surrey Golf Club (7700 168th Street) in Surrey on July 30 from 4 to 6 p.m.;
      • Aria Banquet Hall and Convention Centre (12350 Pattullo Place) in Surrey on July 31 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.;
      • Wesburn Park soccer field (4781 Parkwood Avenue) in Burnaby on August 7 from 6 to 9 p.m.

      Northern Health reported that it is working to manage a cluster of cases at the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in Valemount, where 16 individuals have tested positive and 50 close contacts are in isolation.

      Northern Health hasn’t yet declared this cluster as an outbreak and stated that, based upon its public health investigation findings, the majority of the infections weren’t acquired at the site and that there is little evidence of transmission between employees.

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