COVID-19 in B.C.: 150 new cases; Interior Health has most new and active cases again; and more

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      Yet again, the majority of the new and active cases are in Interior Health, and it is also seeing the biggest increases in case numbers.

      Today's new case count is also the highest one in recent weeks. 

      Earlier today, B.C. immunization rollout team executive lead Penny Ballem, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix, and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry held a news conference in Vancouver to give updates about the vaccination program, and addressed issues pertaining to people who remain unvaccinated. 

      They also announced the launch of a new immunization campaign that aims to reach individuals who haven’t yet been vaccinated.

      Based on data from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, Henry pointed out that the vast majority of the new cases are occurring in people who haven’t been vaccinated.

      B.C. update: July 27

      Today, the B.C. Health Ministry is reporting 150 new COVID-19 cases (which includes one epi-linked case).

      Active cases continue to rise. Currently, there are 783 active cases, which is an increase of 88 cases since yesterday.

      The new and active cases include:

      • 95 new cases in Interior Health (63 percent of the new cases), with 412 total active cases (an increase of 70 cases since yesterday);
      • 32 new cases in Fraser Health (21 percent), with 196 total active cases (an increase of 11 cases since yesterday);
      • 17 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (11 percent), with 122 total active cases (an increase of four cases since yesterday);
      • three new cases in Island Health (two percent), with 35 total active cases (three more cases than yesterday);
      • three new cases in Northern Health (two percent), with 14 total active cases (same number as yesterday);
      • no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada, with four total active cases (same number as yesterday).

      Today, there are 44 individuals in hospitals (one more than yesterday) and 22 of those patients are in intensive care units (five more people than yesterday).

      The good news is that no new deaths have been reported. The cumulative total number of fatalities remains at 1,768 people who have died of COVID-19-related reasons during the pandemic.

      With 64 recoveries since yesterday, a cumulative total of 146,700 people have now recovered.

      During the pandemic, B.C. has recorded a cumulative total of 149,259 cases.

      B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix
      Province of British Columbia

      Vaccinations

      Since the provincial immunization program began, B.C. has administered 6,637,241 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

      As of today, 80.7 percent (3,742,081) of eligible people 12 and older have received their first dose and 62.3 percent (2,887,730) have received their second dose.

      In addition, 81.7 percent (3,533,942) of all eligible adults have received their first dose and 65.3 percent (2,822,405) have received their second dose.

      Interior Health announced that it passed the one-million dose mark, having administered 1,021,323 doses as of today, including over 563,334 first doses and 457,989 second doses.

      The new Vax for B.C. campaign, to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, will include a number of special vaccination events, mobile and pop-up clinics, outreach efforts, and more. For more details, see this article

      Outbreaks and exposures

      Fraser Health announced today that the outbreak at a high-intensity rehabilitation unit at Laurel Place in Surrey has been declared over. Fraser Health didn’t state how many cases were involved in this outbreak.

      Currently, there are two active healthcare outbreaks in longterm care facilities: Holyrood Manor (Fraser Health) and Nelson Jubilee Manor (Interior Health).

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

      The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) added three flights to its public exposure lists (affected row information is listed the BCCDC website when available):

      • July 19: Flair 8401, Calgary to Vancouver;
      • July 21: Air Canada/Jazz 8400, Kelowna to Calgary;
      • July 22: Lufthansa 492, Frankfurt to Vancouver.

      McDonald’s listed one employee at its 1991 Columbia Avenue location in Castlegar, who last worked there on July 21, has tested positive.  

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