COVID-19 in B.C.: Vancouver nightclub exposure; active cases increase for third day; and more

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      For a third consecutive day, active cases have continued to climb in numbers.

      The biggest increase in active cases is in Vancouver Coastal Health, which continues to have the most active cases in B.C., and the most new cases have appeared in Interior and Vancouver Coastal Health regions.

      Meanwhile, the number of active cases in Fraser Health has continued to decline over several consecutive days.

      A public exposure at a Vancouver nightclub has also broken the string of weeks that health authorities had not reported any new public exposures.

      B.C. update: July 9

      Today, the B.C. Health Ministry announced that the province has 45 new COVID-19 cases.

      Currently, there are 661 active cases, which is an increase of 12 cases from yesterday.

      The new and active cases include:

      • 19 new cases in Interior Health (181 total active cases, which is six more cases than yesterday);
      • 14 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (248 total active cases, which is an increase of 12 cases);
      • eight new cases in Fraser Health (170 total active cases, which is a drop of five cases since yesterday);
      • four new cases in Island Health (21 total active cases, or one fewer case than yesterday);
      • no new cases in Northern Health (30 total active cases—same number as yesterday);
      • no new cases among people from outside of Canada (11 total active cases—same number as yesterday).

      As of today, 73 individuals are currently in hospital (one fewer case than yesterday), and 19 of those patients are in intensive care units (same number as yesterday).

      The good news is that there haven’t been any new deaths, which leaves the overall total fatalities at 1,760 people who have died.

      An additional 103 recoveries since yesterday brings the cumulative total to 145,594 people who have now recovered.

      During the pandemic, B.C. has recorded a cumulative total of 148,031 COVID-19 cases. The B.C. Health Ministry stated that this total includes “a data correction from yesterday, as well as reconciliation of records for cases followed up by the Federal Quarantine Program between March and April 2021”.

      Vaccinations

      In B.C.’s ongoing immunization program, the province has now administered 5,565,983 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines.

      As of today, 79.7 percent (3,448,642) of all eligible adults and 78.6 percent (3,643,110) of those 12 and above have received their first doses.

      In addition, 44.2 percent (1,913,047) of all eligible adults and 41.3 percent (1,915,919) of those 12 and above have received their second dose.

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      Outbreaks and exposures

      After nightclubs had remained closed for 16 months, they were finally permitted to reopen with limitations (including no dancing and no socializing between tables) as part of Step 3 in B.C.'s Restart Plan.

      However, the first COVID-19 exposure since reopening has taken place at a nightlife spot in Vancouver. 

      Vancouver Coastal Health announced today that there was a COVID-19 public exposure at Cabana Lounge (1163 Granville Street) in Vancouver during operating hours from July 1 to 4.

      Anyone who was at this location during the specified time period is asked to monitor themselves for symptoms. If symptoms develop, immediately self-isolate and call 811 for testing information.

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

      Currently, there are three active healthcare outbreaks remaining in:

      • acute care: Laurel Place at Surrey Memorial Hospital, Eagle Ridge Hospital (Fraser Health) and Royal Inland Hospital (Interior Health);
      • longterm care: none;
      • assisted or independent living: none.

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