COVID-19 in B.C.: Over 100 new cases; most new and active cases in Interior Health; 11 flights with exposures; and more

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      Today, the new case count rose above 100 cases for the first time in weeks.

      Meanwhile, Vancouver Coastal Health no longer has the most active cases, and has dropped below Fraser Health’s number of active cases.

      Interior Health now has the most active cases, and also had the most new cases over the past day.

      In addition, there's one new healthcare outbreak and, after several days with no deaths, new deaths have been announced.

      The B.C. Health Ministry also stated that there has been a data correction for the overall total number of cases.

      “Data related to active cases in the province is being reconciled by removing 239 historic cases from B.C.'s total,” the ministry stated in a news release. “This reflects B.C. residents who tested positive for COVID-19, but did not fall under the case and contact followup program in their home health authorities. Examples include cases who tested positive while staying out of province, or who were under the federal quarantine program.”

      B.C. update: July 23

      Today, the B.C. Health Ministry is reporting 112 new COVID-19 cases (which includes six epi-linked cases).

      Currently, there are 603 active cases, which is a drop of 178 cases since yesterday.

      Today, there are 46 individuals are currently in hospital (a decrease of seven people), and 17 of those patients are in intensive care units (two more since yesterday).

      The new and active cases include:

      • 59 new cases in Interior Health (with 256 total active cases);
      • 30 new cases in Fraser Health (with 199 total active cases);
      • 15 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (with 110 total active cases);
      • five new cases in Island Health (22 total active cases);
      • three new cases in Northern Health (with 10 total active cases);
      • no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada (six total active cases).

      After several consecutive days without any new COVID-19-related deaths this week, there have been four new deaths reported, which include:

      • one in Vancouver Costal Health;
      • one in Fraser Health;
      • two in Interior Health.

      The total number of fatalities is now at a cumulative total of 1,767 people who have died during the pandemic.  

      With 285 recoveries since yesterday, an overall total of 146,463 people who tested positive have now recovered.

      Over the course of the pandemic, B.C. has recorded an cumulative total of 148,842 COVID-19 cases.


      In the provincial immunization program, B.C has now administered 6,422,503 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines.

      As of today, 80.3 percent (3,723,154) of eligible people 12 and older have received their first dose and 58.1 percent (2,692,024) have received their second dose.

      In addition, 81.3 percent (3,517,529) of all eligible adults have received their first dose and 61.4 percent (2,654,367) have received their second dose.

      Outbreaks and exposures

      Interior Health declared a healthcare outbreak at Nelson Jubilee Manor longterm care home in Nelson, where one resident and two staff members have tested positive.

      Currently, there are two other active healthcare outbreaks:

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

      The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) added the following 11 flights to its lists of public exposures (for affected row information, check the BCCDC website):

      • July 11: Air Canada 103, Toronto to Vancouver;
      • July 11: Air Canada 365, Montreal to Kelowna;
      • July 16: Air Canada 292, Vancouver to Winnipeg;
      • July 16, Air Canada 314, Vancouver to Montreal;
      • July 16: Air Canada 555, Los Angeles to Vancouver;
      • July 16: Air Canada 8107, Denver to Vancouver;
      • July 16: WestJet 3163, Calgary to Kelowna;
      • July 17: Flair 8401, Calgary to Vancouver;
      • July 18: Aeromexico 696, Mexico City to Vancouver;
      • July 18: WestJet 3344, Kelowna to Calgary;
      • July 19: Lufthansa 492, Frankfurt to Vancouver.
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