COVID-19 in B.C.: Over 700 new cases; active cases resume increasing; and more

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      Although active cases have been decreasing in many regions over recent days, active cases are back on the upswing in all regions today.

      Meanwhile, hospitalized cases decreased but there is one new healthcare outbreak and a number of deaths.

      B.C. update: September 22

      Today, the B.C. Health Ministry is reporting 759 new COVID-19 cases (including 25 epi-linked cases).

      Currently, there are 5,458 active COVID-19 cases, which is a decrease of 176 cases since yesterday.

      With a decrease of eight COVID-19 patients in hospital since yesterday, there are now 324 individuals are in hospital, and 157 of those patients are in intensive care units (two more than yesterday).

      The new and active cases include:

      • 233 new cases in Interior Health, with 1,223 total active cases (56 more cases than yesterday);
      • 214 new cases in Fraser Health, with 1,734 total active cases (23 more cases);
      • 129 new cases in Northern Health, with 943 total active cases (22 more cases);
      • 101 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, with 877 total active cases (55 more cases);
      • 79 new cases in Island Health, with 636 total active cases (17 more cases);
      • three new cases of people who reside outside of Canada, with 45 total active cases (three more than yesterday).

      (Yesterday, the B.C. Health Ministry explained that the number of people outside of Canada increased due to a data cleanup.)

      Tragically, 10 new COVID-19-related deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 1,910 fatalities during the pandemic.

      The new deaths include seven in Fraser Health, two in Vancouver Coastal Health, and one in Island Health.

      With 591 recoveries since yesterday, an overall total of 173,215 people who tested positive have now recovered.

      Over the course of the pandemic, B.C. has reported a cumulative total of 180,937 COVID-19 cases.

      B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix
      British Columbia

      Outbreaks and exposures

      The B.C. Health Ministry stated that Fraser Health has declared a new healthcare facility outbreak at Sunset Manor in Fraser Health.

      As of today, there are 23 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 - second floor, 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); Jubilee Lodge (Northern Health); and Victoria Chinatown Care Centre (Island 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: Sunset Manor (Fraser Health); David Lloyd Jones, Sun Pointe Village and Hardy View Lodge (Interior Health).

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

      • September 12: United Airlines 5991, Denver to Vancouver;
      • September 16: North Cariboo Air 2010, Vancouver to Nanaimo;
      • September 16: North Cariboo Air 2010, Nanaimo to Fort St. John;
      • September 16: WestJet 135, Calgary to Vancouver;
      • September 17: WestJet 185, Calgary to Victoria.


      Since December, B.C. has administered 7,739,828 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines.

      As of today, 87.1 percent (4,038,966) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose and 79.7 percent (3,692,922) received their second dose.

      In addition, 87.7 percent (3,792,240) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 80.5 percent (3,482,742) received their second dose.

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