COVID-19 in B.C.: Over 3,000 active cases in Interior Health; public exposure at fitness facility; and more

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      Case counts continue to climb in all categories and almost all regions.

      Interior Health now has over 3,000 active cases, and 58 percent of the province’s active cases. Meanwhile, Fraser Health is approaching 1,000 active cases.

      There’s also one new public exposure event that took place at a fitness facility.

      B.C. update: August 17

      Today, the B.C. Health Ministry is reporting 501 new COVID-19 cases (including nine epi-linked cases).

      Currently there are 5,296 active cases in the province, which is 206 more cases since yesterday.

      The new and active cases include:

      • 205 new cases in Interior Health, with 3,084 total active cases (102 more cases than yesterday);
      • 139 new cases in Fraser Health, with 932 total active cases (50 more cases);
      • 92 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, with 758 total active cases (43 more cases);
      • 35 new cases in Northern Health, with 206 total active cases (nine more cases);
      • 28 new cases in Island Health, with 307 total active cases (same number as yesterday);
      • two new cases of people who reside outside of Canada, with nine total active cases (two more cases than yesterday).

      With seven more people in hospitals, 111 individuals are now hospitalized, and 51 of those patients are in intensive care units (four more than yesterday).

      Unfortunately, there has been one new death (in Island Health) reported. B.C. has had an overall total of 1,781 COVID-19-related fatalities over the course of the pandemic.

      An additional 294 people have recovered since yesterday, which brings the cumulative total number to 149,847 recoveries.

      During the pandemic, B.C. has recorded a total of 157,014 COVID-19 cases in the province.

      B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix
      Province of British Columbia


      Since the provincial immunization program began in December, B.C. has administered 7,248,039 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

      As of today, 82.7 percent (3,833,978) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 73.5 percent (3,406,546) received their second dose.

      In addition, 83.5 percent (3,612,654) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 74.9 percent (3,238,165) received their second dose.

      Outbreaks and exposures

      None of the five regional health authorities declared any new community or healthcare outbreaks, and also didn’t list any business closures.

      Currently, there are 10 active outbreaks in healthcare facilities.

      Seven of them are in longterm care facilities:

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

      The remaining three healthcare outbreaks are in assisted- or independent-living facilities: Village at Mill Creek, Hawthorn Park, and David Lloyd (Interior Health).

      Fraser Health has listed a public exposure at Rise Fitness Collective (306-17750 65A Avenue) from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on August 7.

      Sobeys has listed two Safeway locations with employees who tested positive:

      • one employee who last worked on August 13 at the 1780 East Broadway store in Vancouver;
      • one employee who last worked on August 13 at the 1200 Baker Street store in Cranbrook.

      The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) added the following five flights to its public exposures lists (affected row information is listed at the BCCDC website):

      • August 10: Turkish Airlines 75, Istanbul to Vancouver;
      • August 12: Air Canada/Jazz 8182, Fort St. John to Vancouver;
      • August 12: Air Canada/Jazz 8470, Vancouver to Edmonton;
      • August 12: Flair 8514, Saskatoon to Vancouver;
      • August 13: Aeromexico 696, Mexico City to Vancouver.
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