COVID-19 in B.C.: Vancouver Coastal Health has most active cases; Lambda variant arrives in Canada; and more

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      The number of active cases remains roughly the same today as it was before the weekend but there are encouraging signs of progress. 

      However, Vancouver Coastal Health has the most active cases and the largest increase in active cases since Friday. 

      In national COVID-19 news, the Lambda variant (or C.37, first detected in Peru) has arrived in Canada.

      As of July 5, there were 11 cases in Canada, including in Alberta.

      Although it is currently regarded as a variant of interest, rather than a variant of concern, it does have several mutations, which raises concerns that it could be more transmissible and may be resistant to antibodies.

      B.C. update: July 12

      In today’s COVID-19 update from the B.C. Health Ministry it stated that “the numbers of total and new cases are provisional due to a delayed data refresh and will be verified once confirmed”.

      The B.C. Health Ministry is reporting that B.C. has had 123 new COVID-19 cases over the past three days.

      • 46 new cases from July 9 to 10;
      • 47 new cases from July 10 to 11;
      • 30 new cases from July 11 to 12.

      Currently, there are 658 active cases of COVID-19 in the province (three fewer than July 9).

      The new and active cases include:

      • 42 new cases in Interior Health (167 total active cases, which is 14 fewer cases than July 9);
      • 38 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (257 total active cases, which is an increase of nine more cases since July 9);
      • 38 new cases in Fraser Health (175 total active cases, which is five more cases than July 9);
      • five new cases in Island Health (22 total active cases, or one more case since July 9);
      • no new cases in Northern Health (30 total active cases—same number as July 9);
      • no new cases of people from outside of Canada (seven total active cases, or a drop of four cases since July 9).

      Hospitalized cases decreased. Currently, 66 individuals are in hospitals (seven fewer people than July 9) and 14 of those patients in intensive care units (five fewer patients than July 9).

      There is good news: for one of the first times in months, there weren’t any new deaths reported over the weekend. That leaves the total fatalities at 1,760 people who have died during the pandemic.

      A cumulative total of 145,722 people who tested positive have now recovered.

      B.C. has recorded a cumulative total of 148,154 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic.


      In the provincial immunization program, B.C. has administered 5,741,691 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

      As of today, 78.8 percent (3,652,759) of eligible people 12 and over in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 44.6 percent (2,068,450) received their second dose.

      In addition, 79.9 percent (3,455,472) of all eligible adults have received their first dose and 47.7 percent (2,064,190) received their second dose.

      Outbreaks and exposures

      Further good news is that none of the five regional health authorities declared any new healthcare or community outbreaks, and didn’t list any new business closures or exposure events.

      Currently, there are three active healthcare outbreaks in:

      • acute care: Laurel Place at Surrey Memorial Hospital, Eagle Ridge Hospital (Fraser Health), and Royal Inland Hospital (Interior Health);
      • longterm care: none;
      • assisted or independent living: none.

      The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) added the following nine flights to its public exposure lists:

      • June 26: WestJet 169, Edmonton to Vancouver;
      • June 27: Swoop 436, Toronto to Abbotsford;
      • July 2: AeroMexico 696, Mexico City to Vancouver;
      • July 4: Air Canada 4, Tokyo to Vancouver;
      • July 5: Flair 8807, Waterloo to Vancouver;
      • July 5: Lufthansa 492, Frankfurt to Vancouver;
      • July 5: Lufthansa 492, Frankfurt to Vancouver;
      • July 8: Air Canada 226, Vancouver to Calgary;
      • July 8: Air Canada 555, Los Angeles to Vancouve

      Meanwhile, McDonald’s confirmed one employee who tested positive last worked on July 5 at the 1301 Trans Canada Highway location in Golden, B.C.