COVID-19 in B.C.: Most new cases in Interior Health; active cases decrease; 10 flights with exposures; and more

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      Today, active cases remained about the same as or decreased from yesterday’s levels.

      Meanwhile, Vancouver Coastal Health continues to have the most active cases but the most new cases were in Interior Health.

      B.C. update: July 13

      Today, the B.C. Health Ministry is reporting 33 new COVID-19 cases of COVID-19 in the province.

      With a decrease of 19 active cases since yesterday, there are currently 639 active cases.

      The new and active cases include:

      • 13 new cases in Interior Health (155 total active cases, which is a drop of 12 cases since yesterday);
      • 10 new cases in Fraser Health (172 total active cases, which is three fewer cases than yesterday);
      • five new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (254 total active cases, which is three fewer cases than yesterday);
      • three new cases in Island Health (23 total active cases, which is one more case since yesterday);
      • one new case in Northern Health (27 total active cases, which is three fewer cases than yesterday);
      • one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada (eight total active cases, which one more case than yesterday).

      Hospitalized cases remained the same as yesterday—66 individuals are in hospital and 14 of those patients are in intensive care.

      For a fifth consecutive day, no new deaths have been reported, which leaves the total number of fatalities during the pandemic at 1,760 people who have died.

      With 53 recoveries since yesterday, a cumulative total of 145,775 people who tested positive have now recovered.

      During the pandemic B.C. has reported an overall total of 148,187 COVID-19 cases.


      In the provincial immunization program so far, B.C. has administered 5,805,541 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

      As of Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 79.1 percent (3,668,403) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose and 46 percent (2,130,031) have received their second dose.

      In addition, 80.2 percent (3,470,198) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 49.1 percent (2,125,179) have received their second dose.

      Meanwhile, Fraser Health is continuing to find new ways to make vaccinations accessible. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow (July 14), Fraser Health is teaming up with TransLink and the City of White Rock to take the Mobile Vaccine Bus to White Rock, where it will hold a vaccination station in a parking lot in the 15400 block of Marine Drive.

      This transit bus is air conditioned and specially equipped, and this station will provide vaccines to anyone (12 years and above) who hasn’t received their first doses yet, including those without personal health numbers or people who aren’t B.C. residents.

      Anyone who qualifies for a second dose will be added to a virtual wait list. Depending on capacity, individuals on the wait list will receive a text message to receive their second dose if vaccine supplies permit.  

      Outbreaks and exposures

      Currently, there are three active 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.

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

      The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) added these 10 flights to its lists of public exposures (affected row information is listed at the BCCDC website when provided):

      • July 6: Air Canada/Jazz 8575, Saskatoon to Vancouver;
      • July 8: Philippine Airlines 116, Manila to Vancouver;
      • July 9: Aeromexico 696, Mexico City to Vancouver;
      • July 9: Air Canada 214, Vancouver to Calgary;
      • July 9: Air Canada 553, Los Angeles to Vancouver;
      • July 9: All Nippon Airways 116, Tokyo to Vancouver;
      • July 10: Air Canada 3, Vancouver to Tokyo;
      • July 10: Air Canada/Jazz 8839, San Francisco to Vancouver;
      • July 10: Sunwing 2854, Kingston to Vancouver;
      • July 12: WestJet 701, Toronto to Vancouver.