COVID-19 in B.C.: Over 200 new cases and over 1,000 active cases; Fraser Health shifts to vaccine hubs; and more

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      Today’s total and new case numbers are provisional but they are concerning.

      Both new and active cases continue to rise and hit new highs in recent weeks, with the bulk of both of them still in Interior Health—which continues to have more new and active cases than both Fraser and Vancovuer Coastal Health combined.

      Meanwhile, like the last heat wave, some immunization clinics may be affected by the high temperatures and at least one is already being relocated.

      B.C. update: July 29

      According to the B.C. Health Ministry, the following numbers for total and new cases are provisional due to a delayed data refresh.

      For now, the B.C. Health Ministry is reporting 204 new COVID-19 cases today.

      Currently, there are 1,055 active cases, which is an increase of 146 cases since yesterday.

      The new and active cases include:

      • 107 new cases in Interior Health, with 600 total active cases (an increase of 97 cases since yesterday);
      • 58 new cases in Fraser Health, with 241 total active cases (33 more cases than yesterday);
      • 23 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, with 139 total active cases (three more cases than yesterday);
      • 14 new cases in Island Health, with 51 total active cases (10 more cases than yesterday);
      • two new cases in Northern Health, with 19 total active cases (three more cases than yesterday);
      • no new cases of people from outside of Canada, with five total active cases (same number as yesterday).

      At the moment, 51 individuals are in hospital (four more people than yesterday), and 20 of those patients are in intensive care units (same number as yesterday).

      Thankfully, no new COVID-19-related deaths have been reported, which leaves the overall total at 1,771 people who have died during the pandemic.

      With 54 recoveries since yesterday, a cumulative total of 146,810 people have now recovered.

      During the pandemic, B.C. has recorded a cumulative total of 149,648 cases.

      Vaccinations

      The forecast heat wave may cause some clinics to be relocated again, as they were during the previous heat wave in June.

      In preparation for the expected high temperatures this weekend, Island Health announced today that it will move the Eagle Ridge immunization clinic to the air-conditioned Victoria Conference Centre (720 Douglas Street, Victoria) tomorrow (July 30).

      Also tomorrow, Island Health will hold a pop-up clinic from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Starlight Stadium (1089 Langford Parkway) in Langford, during the game between Victoria’s Pacific FC and Calgary’s Cavalry FC.

      Meanwhile, Fraser Health announced today that it has now administered over two million vaccine doses—80 percent of eligible people in the region have received at least one dose, and over 60 percent have received their second dose.

      Consequently, as of tomorrow (July 29), Fraser Health is transitioning from a network of immunization clinics to establishing four main hubs at existing clinics at:

      • Ag-Rec Centre (32470 Haida Drive) in Abbotsford (for both COVID-19 testing and immunizations);
      • Poirier Forum (618 Poirier Street) in Coqutilam;
      • Guildford Rec Centre (15105 105th Avenue) in Surrey;
      • North Delta Rec Centre (11415 84th Avenue) in Delta.

      Immunization will also continue to be available at COVID-19 testing and immunization centres in Hope, Chilliwack, Mission, Langley, South Delta, South Surrey, Surrey 66, Coquitlam, and Burnaby. In addition, Fraser Health will continue to hold pop-up and mobile clinics, outreach clinics, and community initiatives (such as beachside clinics) to ensure easy access to immunizations.

      The following clinics, however, will be closed on the dates listed below:

      • July 28: South Surrey Rec Centre and Chuck Bailey Rec Centre;
      • August 1: Abbotsford test collection centre at the University of the Fraser Valley will close and testing will relocate to Abbotsford Ag Rec;
      • August 7: Agassiz Agricultural Hall, Langley Events Centre, Anvil Centre, and Christine Sinclair Community Centre;
      • August 14: Chilliwack Mall, Hope Legion, Cloverdale Rec Centre, Surrey North, and Haney Place Mall;
      • August 30: Mamele'awt Community Indigenous Centre, Stó:lō Service Agency, Fraser River Indigenous Society, Mission Friendship Centre, Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre.

      As part of its effort to increase vaccinations amid the recently declared outbreak in the Central Okanagan, Interior Health will hold pop-up immunization clinics from 3 to 7 p.m. from Friday (July 30) to Wednesday (August 4) at the Kelowna Yacht Club (1370 Water Street) in Kelowna, and vaccinations are available for eligible drop-in visitors.

      In the ongoing provincial immunization program so far, B.C. has administered 6,732,309 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines.

      As of today, 81 percent (3,753,057) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose and 64.1 percent (2,971,793) have received their second dose.

      In addition, 81.9 percent (3,543,503) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 66.8 percent (2,890,948) have received their second dose.

      Outbreaks and exposures

      None of the five regional health authorities declared any new healthcare or community outbreaks, or listed any new business closures or public exposure events.

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

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