COVID-19 in B.C.: New high with over 800 new cases; active cases in Vancouver Coastal Health decrease; and more

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      B.C. has hit a new high for the new case count over recent weeks while overall active cases in B.C. remained around the same level as yesterday.

      One health region that decreased in active cases was Vancouver Coastal Health.

      Hospitalized cases continued to increase, and there were more new deaths.

      B.C. update: August 27

      Today, the B.C. Health Ministry is reporting 867 new COVID-19 cases (including four epi-linked cases), which surpasses the previous high of 724 new cases on August 21 that was then matched yesterday (August 26).

      Currently, there are 5,657 active cases, which is an increase of only 17 cases.

      An increase of 10 hospitalized cases since yesterday means 159 individuals are in hospital today, and 84 of those patients are in intensive care units (one more than yesterday).

      The new and active cases include:

      • 350 new cases in Interior Health, with 2,190 total active cases (176 more cases than yesterday);
      • 228 new cases in Fraser Health, with 1,377 total active cases (58 more cases);
      • 165 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, with 1,132 total active cases (300 fewer cases since yesterday);
      • 63 new cases in Island Health, with 555 total active cases (53 more cases);
      • 61 new cases in Northern Health, with 393 total active cases (32 more cases);
      • no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada, with 10 total active cases (two fewer than yesterday).

      Sadly, three new deaths (all in Interior Health) have been reported. B.C. has now recorded an overall total of 1,807 people who have died during the pandemic.

      With 832 recoveries since yesterday, a total of 155,928 people who tested positive have now recovered.

      B.C. has reported a cumulative total of 163,560 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic.


      From August 12 to 25, people who have not been fully vaccinated accounted for 82.0 percent of cases and 85.9 percent of hospitalizations.

      Out of a total number of 4,368 cases reported from August 19 to 25, there were:

      • 3,116 unvaccinated people (71.3 percent);
      • 467 partially vaccinated (10.7 percent);
      • 785 fully vaccinated (18.0 percent).

      Of the total number of 213 hospitalized cases from August 12 to 25, there were:

      • 169 unvaccinated people (79.3 percent);
      • 14 partially vaccinated people (6.6 percent);
      • 30 fully vaccinated people (14.1 percent).

      For cases per 100,000 population from August 19 to 25, there were:

      • 0 unvaccinated people;
      • 7 partially vaccinated people;
      • 9 fully vaccinated.

      Since December, B.C. has administered 7,408,715 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines.

      As of today, 83.9 percent (3,886,952) of eligible people 12 and older have received their first dose and 75.8 percent (3,514,485) received their second dose.

      In addition, 84.6 percent (3,657,914) of all eligible adults have received their first dose and 76.9 percent (3,326,997) received their second dose.

      Outbreaks and exposures

      Like yesterday, none of the five regional health authorities listed any new healthcare facility or community outbreaks, public exposure events, or business closures.

      As of today, there are 14 active outbreaks, including:

      • longterm care: Heritage Village (Fraser Health); Brock Fahrni (Vancouver Coastal Health); Village at Mill Creek, Nelson Jubilee Manor, Kootenay Street Village, Cottonwoods Care Centre, Brookhaven Care Centre, and Spring Valley Care Centre (Interior Health);
      • acute care: Peace Arch Hospital (Fraser Health);
      • assisted or independent living: Nicola Meadows, Hawthorn Park, David Lloyd Jones, Sun Pointe Village, and Hardy View Lodge (Interior Health).

      Northern Health provided updates on a cluster and an outbreak at worksites in that health region.

      In the cluster among Trans Mountain employees and contractors in the Valemount area, 33 individuals have tested positive, and five cases remain active. Northern Health stated that the majority of the cases have been determined to have been acquired off the site, and there is little evidence of transmission at the site.

      Meanwhile, in the outbreak at the Site C hydroelectric dam project in Northeast B.C. (declared on August 16), there have been 62 COVID-19 cases confirmed, and 19 of those cases are active.


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