COVID-19 in B.C.: Over 2,400 new cases; active cases decrease; hospitalizations increase; 73 flights; and more

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      There are some encouraging signs that B.C. may have begun to shift toward the overall right direction in reducing COVID-19 cases.

      Although the numbers of new cases remained relatively high, none exceeded the 700 mark.

      Active cases have decreased since September 3 and in all regions except one: Northern Health, where new health measures were announced for that region on September 2 due to a sudden surge of cases.

      Despite these promising indications, however, there remain several areas of concern.

      An ongoing increase in hospitalized cases remains troubling, as well as a tragic number of deaths over the weekend.

      In addition, Interior Health still has the most number of new and active cases.

      Earlier today, B.C. Premier John Horgan, Health Minister Adrian Dix, and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provided more specific details about the B.C. Vaccine Card program, which takes effect on September 13.

      B.C. update: September 3 to 7

      From the past four-day period, the B.C. Health Ministry is reporting a total of 2,425 new COVID-19 cases (including five epi-linked cases). That total includes:

      • September 3 to 4: 695 new cases;
      • September 4 to 5: 634 new cases;
      • September 5 to 6: 563 new cases;
      • September 6 to 7: 533 new cases.

      Currently, there are 5,465 active cases, which is a decrease of 407 cases since September 3.

      As of today, there are 255 individuals are in hospital, which is an increase of 40 patients since September 3, and 126 of those patients are in intensive care units (an increase of eight people since September 3).

      The new and active cases include:

      • 838 new cases in Interior Health, with 1,714 total active cases (a decrease of 251 cases since September 3);
      • 705 new cases in Fraser Health, with 1,530 total active cases (159 fewer cases);
      • 368 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, with 1,010 total active cases (67 fewer cases);
      • 312 new cases in Northern Health, with 703 total active cases (108 more cases);
      • 202 new cases in Island Health, with 501 total active cases (38 fewer cases);
      • no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada, with seven total active cases (same number as September 3).

      Over the past four days, 15 new deaths have been reported, which brings the overall total number of fatalities to 1,842 people who have died of COVID-19-related reasons.

      The new deaths include:

      • two people in Vancouver Coastal Health;
      • three people in Fraser Health;
      • four people in Island Health;
      • six people in Interior Health.

      With 2,794 recoveries since September 3, an overall total of 163,062 people who tested positive have now recovered.

      During the pandemic, B.C. has recorded a total of 170,750 COVID-19 cases.

      B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry
      Province of British Columbia

      Vaccinations

      Since December, B.C. has administered 7,545,871 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines.

      As of today, 85.1 percent (3,943,729) of eligible people 12 and older have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 77.6 percent (3,594,929) received their second dose.

      In addition, 85.7 percent (3,706,533) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 78.5 percent (3,394,910) received their second dose.

      Outbreaks and exposures

      Northern Health has declared an outbreak at Jubilee Lodge in Prince George on September 5, where 18 residents (two of whom are epi-linked) and one staff member have now tested positive as of today.    

      In addition, healthcare facility outbreaks have been declared at Louis Brier Home and Hospital in Vancouver (Vancouver Coastal Health), and The Hamlets at Westsyde in Kamloops and Joseph Creek Care Village in Cranbrook (both in Interior Health).

      The outbreaks at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock and Heritage Village in Chilliwack (both in Fraser Health), and at Hawthorn Park in Kelowna (Interior Health) have been declared over.

      Currently, there is a total of 22 active outbreaks, including:

      • longterm care: Northcrest Care Centre, Menno Home (Fraser Health); Arbutus Care Centre, Brock Fahrni, 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 (Interior Health); Jubilee Lodge (Northern Health); and Sunset Lodge (Island Health).
      • acute care: Chilliwack General Hospital (Fraser Health); and Fort St. John Hospital (Northern Health);
      • assisted or independent living: Nicola Meadows, David Lloyd Jones, Sun Pointe Village, Hardy View Lodge, and Rose Woods Village (Interior Health).

      None of the five regional health authorities listed any new community outbreaks, business closures, or public exposure events.

      Over the weekend, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) added the following 73 flights to its lists of potential public exposures (affected row information is listed at the BCCDC website when available):

      • August 20: Air Canada Flight 220, Vancouver to Calgary;
      • August 20: Flair Flight 224, Vancouver to Toronto;
      • August 21: Lufthansa 492, Frankfurt to Vancouver;
      • August 22: WestJet 3277, Vancouver to Prince George;
      • August 23: Air Canada/Jazz 8209, Vancouver to Prince George;
      • August 23: Air Canada/Jazz 8266, Nanaimo to Vancouver;
      • August 23: WestJet707, Toronto to Vancouver;
      • August 23: Air Canada/Jazz Flight 8209, Vancouver to Prince George;
      • August 23: Air Canada/Jazz Flight 8266, Nanaimo to Vancouver;
      • August 25: WestJet 161 Edmonton to Vancouver;
      • August 25: WestJet Flight 119, Calgary to Vancouver;
      • August 25: WestJet Flight 161, Edmonton to Vancouver;
      • August 26: Air Canada Flight 553, Los Angeles to Vancouver;
      • August 26: Lufthansa Flight 492, Frankfurt to Vancouver;
      • August 26: Philippine Airlines Flight 116, Manila to Vancouver;
      • August 26: Air Canada 860, Vancouver to London;
      • August 26: Flair 8198, Regina to Vancouver;
      • August 26: WestJet Flight 105, Calgary to Vancouver;
      • August 26: WestJet Flight 3119, Kelowna to Victoria;
      • August 27: Air Canada Flight 860, Vancouver to London;
      • August 27: Flair Flight 604, Edmonton to Abbotsford;
      • August 27: Air Canada 301, Montreal to Vancouver;
      • August 27: Flair 8401, Calgary to Vancouver;
      • August 28: Air Canada Flight 123, Toronto to Vancouver;
      • August 28: Air Canada Flight 119, Toronto to Vancouver;
      • August 28: Air Canada/Jazz Flight 8257, Vancouver to Nanaimo;
      • August 28: Air Canada/Jazz Flight 8265, Vancouver to Nanaimo;
      • August 28: WestJet Flight 3241, Calgary to Kamloops;
      • August 28: WestJet 127, Calgary to Vancouver;
      • August 28: Air Canada 119, Toronto to Vancouver;
      • August 28: Air Canada/Jazz 8229, Phoenix to Vancouver;
      • August 28: Air Canada/Jazz8265, Vancouver to Nanaimo;
      • August 28: Air Canada 8415, Kelowna to Vancouver;
      • August 28: WestJet3241, Calgary to Kamloops;
      • August 29: Flair 8153, Toronto to Abbotsford;
      • August 29: Flair 8223, Toronto to Vancouver;
      • August 29: Turkish 75, Istanbul to Vancouver;
      • August 29: WestJet 119, Calgary to Vancouver;
      • August 29: WestJet 127, Calgary to Vancouver;
      • August 29: WestJet727, Toronto to Vancouver;
      • August 29: WestJet 3260, Victoria to Kelowna;
      • August 29: Air Canada 105, Toronto to Vancouver;
      • August 29: Air Canada 204, Vancouver to Calgary;
      • August 29: Flair 8602, Calgary to Abbotsford;
      • August 29: Turkish Airlines Flight 75, Istanbul to Vancouver;
      • August 29: WestJet Flight 1775, San Francisco to Vancouver;
      • August 29: WestJet Flight 3260, Victoria to Kelowna;
      • August 30: WestJet Flight 119, Calgary to Vancouver;
      • August 30: Air Canada 207, Calgary to Vancouver;
      • August 30: Air Canada 217, Calgary to Vancouver;
      • August 30: Air Canada 8420, Vancouver to Kelowna;
      • August 30: Flair 8715, Grande Prairie to Vancouver;
      • August 30: WestJet689, Saskatoon to Vancouver;
      • August 31: Swoop 207, Edmonton to Abbotsford;
      • August 31: WestJet 173, Edmonton to Vancouver;
      • August 31: WestJet 279, Calgary to Kelowna;
      • August 31: Air Canada Flight 563, San Francisco to Vancouver;
      • August 31: Air Canada Flight 861, London to Vancouver;
      • August 31: Pacific Coastal Airlines Flight 715, Vancouver to Campbell River;
      • September 1: Air Canada Flight 126, Vancouver to Toronto;
      • September 1: Air Canada/Jazz Flight 8068, Victoria to Vancouver;
      • September 1: Alaska 176, Juneau to Vancouver;
      • September 1: Flair 8602, Calgary to Abbotsford;
      • September 1: Air Canada 311, Montreal to Vancouver;
      • September 1: Air Canada/Jazz 8581, Saskatoon to Vancouver;
      • September 1: Pacific Coastal 8P119, Vancouver to Victoria;
      • September 1: United 5689, San Francisco to Vancouver;
      • September 1: WestJet 175, Edmonton to Vancouver;
      • September 2: Air Canada 296, Vancouver to Fort St. John;
      • September 2: Air Canada/Jazz 8191, Kamloops to Vancouver;
      • September 2: Flair 8602, Calgary to Abbotsford;
      • September 2: WestJet3323, Kelowna to Vancouver;
      • September 3: All Nippon 116, Ota to Vancouver.

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