COVID-19 in B.C.: Vancouver Coastal's new cases match Island and Northern Health; new healthcare outbreak; and more

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      Although variations in daily case counts are due to numerous factors, such as individuals delaying getting tested or delays in test results, today’s new case counts show some variations between health authority regions that diverge from the norm.

      Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), which usually has the second most new cases after Fraser Health, is lower than Interior Health and roughly on par with Northern and Island Health.

      The decrease in VCH cases follows an ongoing trend as revealed by yesterday's monthly update. New case counts in VCH have been steadily dropping over the past month, and Interior Health has been reporting the second most new cases and also has the highest daily rate (per 100,000 people) in the province.

      B.C. update: June 11

      B.C is reporting 180 new COVID-19 cases (including five epi-linked cases) today, according to a joint statement from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

      By region, the total new cases include:

      • 107 are in Fraser Health (59 percent);
      • 39 are in Interior Health (22 percent);
      • 13 are in Island Health (seven percent);
      • 11 are in Vancouver Coastal Health (six percent);
      • 10 are in Northern Health (six percent);
      • no one from outside Canada.

      A decrease of 30 cases since yesterday leaves B.C. with 1,880 active cases today.

      Hospitalized cases continue to lower in number. Today, there are 162 individuals in hospitals (a decrease of 14 patients), and 45 of them are in intensive care units (four fewer than yesterday).

      Sadly, there is one new COVID-19-related death. B.C. has had a cumulative total of 1,730 people who have died during the pandemic.

      A total of 142,526 people have now recovered, which includes 212 recoveries since yesterday.

      B.C. has recorded a cumulative total of 146,176 COVID-19 cases over the course of the pandemic.

      A total of 3,893,581 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered in B.C., and 497,932 of those are second doses.

      As of today, 75 percent of all adults in B.C. and 73 percent of those 12 years and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

      Outbreaks and exposures

      Today, Northern Health declared a healthcare outbreak at the South Special Care Unit at Rotary Manor in Dawson Creek, where two residents tested positive and one of those residents has since died.

      Meanwhile, Vancouver Coastal Health lifted restrictions today at Richmond Hospital, where restrictions have been in place since May 21.

      None of the five regional health authorities listed any new community outbreaks, public exposure events, or businesses closed due to COVID-19.

      T&T Supermarket, which is only one of three major retail chains that publicly list stores in B.C. which have had employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, stated that as of today, 90 percent of its staff have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The company has over 5,300 employees in B.C., Alberta, and Ontario.