COVID-19 in B.C.: About 1,700 new cases; active cases decrease but hospitalized cases increase; and more

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      Active cases decreased overall, and in all health regions except for Northern Health. However, hospitalized cases continued to increase.

      As of today, over four million eligible people, who are 12 years and above, in B.C. have received their first dose.

      B.C. update: September 17 to 20

      The B.C. Health Ministry stated that the numbers of total and new COVID-19 cases reported today are provisional due to a delayed data refresh.

      For now, the B.C. Health Ministry is reporting a total of 1,692 new COVID-19 cases from the past three days.

      • September 17 to 18: 644 new cases;
      • September 18 to 19: 613 new cases;
      • September 19 to 20: 435 new cases.

      As of today, there are 5,608 active cases, which is a decrease of 423 cases since September 17.

      The new and active cases include:

      • 533 new cases in Fraser Health, with 1,732 total active cases (114 fewer cases than September 17);
      • 371 new cases in Interior Health, with 1,183 total active cases (316 fewer cases);
      • 345 new cases in Northern Health, with 1,037 total active cases (104 more cases than September 17);
      • 239 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, with 988 total active cases (55 fewer cases);
      • 204 new cases in Island Health, with 661 total active cases (39 fewer cases);
      • no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada, with seven total active cases (three fewer).

      Currently, 307 individuals are in hospital, which is nine more people than September 17, and 156 of those patients are in intensive care units (21 more than September 17).

      Over the weekend, 11 new COVID-19-related deaths were reported, including six in Fraser Health, three in Northern Health, and two in Vancouver Coastal Health. The overall total number of fatalities is now at 1,899 people who have died.

      With 2,116 recoveries since September 17, 171,769 people who tested positive have now recovered.

      During the pandemic, B.C. has reported a cumulative total of 179,646 cases.

      Vaccinations

      Since December, B.C. has administered 7,711,306 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines.

      As of today, 86.8 percent (4,024,302) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose and 79.4 percent (3,679,181) received their second dose.

      In addition, 87.4 percent (3,778,735) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 80.2 percent (3,470,043) received their second dose.

      From September 10 to 16, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 76.3 percent of COVID-19 cases and from September 3 to 16, they accounted for 85 percent of hospitalizations.

      Out of a total of 4,749 COVID-19 cases from September 10 to 16, there were:

      • 3,268 unvaccinated people (68.8 percent);
      • 355 partially vaccinated people (7.5 percent);
      • 1,126 fully vaccinated people (23.7 percent).

      Out of a total of 401 hospitalized cases from September 3 to 16, there were:

      • 319 unvaccinated people (79.6 percent);
      • 22 partially vaccinated people (5.5 percent);
      • 60 fully vaccinated people(15 percent).

      For cases per 100,000 population (after adjusting for age) from September 10 to 16, there were:

      • 313.7 unvaccinated people;
      • 91.6 partially vaccinated people;
      • 28.6 fully vaccinated people.

      For cases hospitalized per 100,000 population (after adjusting for age) from September 3 to 16, there were:

      • 44.9 unvaccinated people;
      • 8.7 partially vaccinated people;
      • 1.4 fully vaccinated people.

      Outbreaks and exposures

      The B.C. Health Ministry stated that Interior Health has declared a new healthcare facility outbreak at Overlander in Kamloops.

      Currently, there are 21 active outbreaks in healthcare facilities, including:

      • longterm care: Northcrest Care Centre, Westminster House, Menno Terrace East (Fraser Health); Arbutus Care Centre, Louis Brier Home and Hospital (Vancouver Coastal Health); Village at Mill Creek, Cottonwoods Care Centre, Brookhaven Care Centre, Spring Valley Care Centre, Kamloops Seniors Village, Hillside Village, The Hamlets at Westsyde, Joseph Creek Care Village, Overlander (Interior Health); and Jubilee Lodge (Northern Health);
      • acute care: Chilliwack General Hospital (Fraser Health); Fort St. John Hospital (Northern Health); and Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (Interior Health);
      • assisted or independent living: David Lloyd Jones, Sun Pointe Village, and Hardy View Lodge (Interior Health).

      The B.C. Centre for Disease Control added the following 32 flights to its lists of potential public exposures:

      • September 4: WestJet 707, Toronto to Vancouver;
      • September 7: Air Canada 245, Edmonton to Vancouver;
      • September 7: Air Canada/Jazz 8261, Vancouver to Nanaimo;
      • September 8: Flair 8320, Kelowna to Waterloo;
      • September 8: Flair 8606, Abbotsford to Calgary;
      • September 8: WestJet 701, Toronto to Vancouver;
      • September 8: WestJet 727, Vancouver to Toronto;
      • September 8: WestJet 3174, Prince George to Calgary;
      • September 9: Lufthansa 476, Munich to Vancouver;
      • September 10: Air Canada 311, Montreal to Vancouver;
      • September 10: WestJet 701, Toronto to Vancouver;
      • September 10: Flair 715, Grand Prairie to Vancouver;
      • September 10: WestJet 3391, Victoria to Edmonton;
      • September 11: Air Canada 105 Toronto to Vancouver;
      • September 11: WestJet 169, Edmonton to Vancouver;
      • September 11: WestJet 3295, Vancouver to Victoria;
      • September 12: Air Canada 251, Edmonton to Vancouver;
      • September 12: Air Canada/Jazz 8243, Terrace to Vancouver;
      • September 12: Air Canada 251, Edmonton to Vancouver;
      • September 12: United Airlines 5689, San Francisco to Vancouver;
      • September 12: Air Canada/Jazz 8243, Terrace to Vancouver;
      • September 12: Air France 374, Paris to Vancouver;
      • September 12: Flair 8319, Waterloo to Kelowna;
      • September 12: WestJet 173, Edmonton to Vancouver;
      • September 13: WestJet 3366, Kelowna to Edmonton;
      • September 14: Air Canada 861, London to Vancouver;
      • September 14: Air Canada 8107, Denver to Vancouver;
      • September 14: Lufthansa 476, Munich to Vancouver;
      • September 15: Air Canada 292, Vancouver to Winnipeg;
      • September 15: Aeromexico 696, Mexico City to Vancouver;
      • September 15: Air Canada/Jazz 8890, Whitehorse to Vancouver;
      • September 15: WestJet 3337, Calgary to Penticton.

      Sobeys has added four stores to its lists of locations with staff who have tested positive.

      Three of them are Thrifty Foods locations:

      • at 3475 Quadra Street in Victoria, where an employee who tested positive last worked on September 11;
      • at 1–2755 Beverly Street in Duncan, where an employee who tested positive last worked on September 12;
      • at 1551 Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay, where an employee who tested positive last worked on September 15.

      The fourth store was Safeway at 990 King Edward Avenue West in Vancouver, where an employee who tested positive last worked on September 14.

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