COVID-19 in B.C.: Over 80 new cases; most increases in Interior and Fraser Health; and more

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      Although today’s new and active case numbers are provisional, today’s reported new case count is the highest in weeks.

      The highest gains have been in Interior and Fraser Health so far.

      Vancouver Coastal Health still has the most active cases but Interior Health has been steadily approaching the same level.

      B.C. update: July 22

      The B.C. Health Ministry stated that today’s “numbers of total and new cases are provisional due to a delayed data refresh and will be verified once confirmed”.

      For the moment, the B.C. Health Ministry is reporting 89 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. today.

      Currently, there are currently 781 active cases in B.C., which is an increase of 52 cases since yesterday.

      The new and active cases include:

      • 37 new cases in Interior Health (244 total active cases, which is 22 more cases than yesterday);
      • 30 new cases in Fraser Health (with 219 total active cases, which is 21 more cases than yesterday);
      • 18 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (263 total active cases, which is five more cases than yesterday);
      • three new cases in Island Health (18 total active cases, which is the same number as yesterday);
      • one new case in Northern Health (31 total active cases, which is one more case than yesterday);
      • no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada (six total active cases, which is the same number as yesterday).

      Of the active cases, 53 individuals are currently in hospital (five more than yesterday) and 15 are in intensive care units (a drop of one case than yesterday).

      Yet again, no new deaths have been reported, which leave the overall total fatalities at 1,763 people who have died.

      A cumulative total of 146,178 people have now recovered, which includes 36 recoveries since yesterday.

      During the pandemic, B.C. has recorded a cumulative total of 148,730 cases.

      Outbreaks and exposures

      Once again, none of the five regional health authorities added any new community or healthcare outbreaks, business closures, or public exposure events.

      Currently, there are two active outbreaks:

      • acute care: Laurel Place at Surrey Memorial Hospital (Fraser Health);
      • long-term care: Holyrood Manor (Fraser Health);
      • assisted or independent living: none.

      Vaccinations

      Since the provincial immunization program began, B.C. has administered 6,361,627 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines.

      As of today, 80.2 percent (3,717,929) of eligible people 12 and older have received their first dose and 56.9 percent (2,636,377) have received their second dose.

      In addition, 81.2 percent (3,512,977) of all eligible adults have received their first dose and 60.2 percent (2,605,052) have received their second dose.

      Island Health announced today that it will be taking its Vax Van across Vancouver Island to stop at popular destination points, including:

      • Cobble Hill (Country Grocer parking lot, 1400 Cowichan Bay Road) today from 2 to 7 p.m.;
      • Duncan (Canadian Tire parking lot, 2929 Green Road), from 2 to 7 p.m. on July 23;
      • at Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 25;
      • at Chase River Market Place Country Grocer (82nd Twelfth Street) in Nanaimo from 2 to 7 p.m. on July 26;
      • at Westwood Lake in Nanaimo from 2 to 7 p.m. on July 27.

      Additional stops will be made at Port Alberni, Oceanside, Comox Valley, Campbell River, Langford, and Sooke. Dates, times, and locations will be posted at the Island Health website when available.

      Meanwhile, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) also announced today that it will be holding a temporary vaccination clinic at Playland from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday (July 24), near Playland’s main entrance gate on Hastings Street (no admission ticket is required for entry to the clinic).

      Other upcoming VCH clinics will be held at:

      • in North Vancouver at the Pipe Shop (115 Victory Ship Way) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 23;
      • in Whistler at the Whistler Conference Centre (4010 Whistler Way) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 23;
      • in Sechelt at the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre (5604 Trail Avenue) from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. on July 23, 28, and 30;
      • in Pemberton at the Pemberton Community Centre (7390 Cottonwood Street) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 26 and 29;
      • in Squamish at the Brennan Park Recreation Centre (1009 Centennial Way) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 27 and 28;
      • in Powell River at the Powell River Recreation Centre (5001 Joyce Avenue) from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. from July 27 to 29;
      • in Gibsons at Gibsons Legion (747 Gibsons Way) from 9 to 11:45 a.m and 12:45 to 5 p.m.

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