COVID-19 in B.C.: Over 800 new cases; Chilliwack school outbreak; and more

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      Hospitalized cases increased and active cases continued to climb overall and in all health regions, except for Interior Health.

      In one of the first school outbreaks in the new school year, Fraser Health announced today (September 23) that it has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Promontory Heights Elementary School in Chilliwack, where 20 cases have been detected.

      In-person instruction will be suspended at the school until October 4 and the school has been temporarily closed while Fraser Health conducts contact tracing and case management.

      B.C. update: September 23

      The B.C. Health Ministry stated that today’s numbers of total and new cases are provisional due to a delayed data refresh.

      So for now, B.C. is reporting 832 new COVID-19 cases.

      Currently, there are 5,697 active cases, which is 239 more cases than yesterday.

      With six more people in hospital today than yesterday, there are now 330 hospitalized cases, and 148 of those cases are in intensive care units (nine fewer than yesterday).

      The new and active cases include:

      • 377 new cases in Fraser Health, with 1,932 total active cases (198 more cases than yesterday);
      • 153 new cases in Interior Health, with 1,181 total active cases (42 fewer cases than yesterday);
      • 117 new cases in Northern Health, with 977 total active cases (34 more cases);
      • 114 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, with 909 total active cases (32 more cases);
      • 71 new cases in Island Health, with 654 total active cases (18 more cases);
      • no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada, with 44 total active cases (one fewer than yesterday).

      Five new deaths have been reported, including two in Fraser Health, two in Interior Health, and one in Northern Health. An overall total of 1,915 people have died of COVID-19-related reasons.

      With 571 recoveries since yesterday, 173,786 people who tested positive have recovered.

      B.C. has reported a cumulative total of 181,769 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic.


      Since December, B.C. has administered 7,756,634 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines.

      As of today, 87.3 percent (4,046,960) of eligible people 12 and older have received their first dose and 79.9 percent (3,701,696) received their second dose.

      In addition, 87.8 percent (3,799,479) of all eligible adults have received their first dose and 80.7 percent (3,490,764) received their second dose.

      Outbreaks and exposures

      There have been no new healthcare facility outbreaks.

      The B.C. Health Ministry stated that the outbreak at Brookhaven Care Centre in West Kelowna (Interior Health) has been declared over.

      As of today, there are 22 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, 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 added the following four flights to its lists of potential public exposures:

      • September 8: Air Canada 306, Vancouver to Montreal;
      • September 16: Air Canada 1041, Las Vegas to Vancouver;
      • September 17: Air Canada 1041, Las Vegas to Vancouver;
      • September 18: Air Canada 303, Montreal to Vancouver.
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