COVID-19 in B.C.: New case count hits new high in recent weeks; cases climb in Interior Health; and more

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      While new case counts have been climbing each day, B.C. has established a new high for new cases over the past two months.

      The majority of the cases are in Interior Health.

      With Interior Health repeatedly reporting the highest and the majority of new and active cases, Interior Health chief medical health officer Sue Pollock announced at a teleconference today that Interior Health has declared an outbreak in the Central Okanagan region.

      Case numbers in Interior Health far exceed numbers in Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health and Pollock said that the region is experiencing exponential growth in cases, and that they're particularly occurring among those 20 to 40 years old and those who aren't vaccinated or are only partially immunized.

      Accordingly, health measures are being implemented, effective at midnight, including mandatory masks, discouraging non-essential travel, enforcement of outbreak control measures at businesses, and more.

      In addition, Pollock said the region is facing additional health impacts from poor air quality (from the B.C. wildfires) and a heat wave warning.

      B.C. update: July 28 

      Today, the B.C. Health Ministry is reporting 185 new COVID-19 cases in the province.

      Once again, the number of active cases continued to increase. Currently, there are 909 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, which is 126 more cases than yesterday.

      The new and active cases include:

      • 113 new cases in Interior Health (61 percent of the new cases), with 503 total active cases (91 more cases than yesterday);
      • 35 new cases in Fraser Health (19 percent), with 208 total active cases (12 more cases than yesterday);
      • 26 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (14 percent), with 136 total active cases (14 more cases than yesterday);
      • eight new cases in Island Health (four percent), with 41 total active cases (six more cases than yesterday);
      • two new cases in Northern Health (one percent), with 16 total active cases (two more cases since yesterday);
      • one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada (less than one percent), with five total active cases (one more case since yesterday0.

      As of today, 47 individuals are in hospital (three more people than yesterday), and 20 of those patients are in intensive care units (a decrease of two cases since yesterday).

      Tragically, there have been three new COVID-19-related deaths, all in Vancouver Coastal Health. The total number of fatalities now stands at 1,771 people who have died during the pandemic.

      Meanwhile, 146,756 people who tested positive have recovered, which includes 56 recoveries since yesterday.

      During the pandemic, B.C. has recorded a cumulative total of 149,444 cases.

      Vaccinations

      Since the provincial immunization program began in December, B.C. has administered 6,685,982 doses of Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines.

      As of today, 80.9 percent (3,747,391) of eligible people 12 and older have received their first dose and 63.2 percent (2,931,128) have received their second dose.

      In addition, 81.8 percent (3,538,565) of all eligible adults have received their first dose and 66.1 percent (2,857,809) have received their second dose.

      Outbreaks and exposures

      There are two active healthcare outbreaks in longterm care: 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.

      Sobeys has listed four employees at the Safeway located at 1721 Columbia Avenue in Castlegar as having tested positive, with the last dates worked listed as July 11, 17, 21, and 23.

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