COVID-19 in B.C.: Over 800 new cases; active cases resume increasing; and more

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      Although new case counts over the Labour Day weekend remained below 700, today’s new case count surpassed the 800 mark.

      After a downward turn over the weekend, active cases resumed increasing overall, and in three health regions—the exceptions were Vancouver Coastal Health and Island Health, where active cases continued to decrease.

      Meanwhile, hospitalized cases continue to increase.

      After the 15 deaths over the Labour Day weekend, there weren't any deaths reported today and there weren't any new healthcare outbreaks declared.

      B.C. update: September 8

      Today, the B.C. Health Ministry is reporting 814 new COVID-19 cases (including 16 epi-linked cases). This is second highest number for recent weeks, following 867 new cases on August 27.

      Currently, there are 5,550 active cases, which is an increase of 85 cases since yesterday.

      The new and active cases include:

      • 272 new cases in Interior Health, with 1,793 total active cases (79 more cases than September 7);
      • 241 new cases in Fraser Health, with 1,601 total active cases (71 more cases);
      • 135 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, with 939 total active cases (71 fewer cases);
      • 90 new cases in Island Health, with 485 total active cases (16 fewer cases);
      • 72 new cases in Northern Health, with 721 total active cases (18 more cases);
      • four new cases of people who reside outside of Canada, with 11 total active cases.

      Today, there are 261 individuals in hospitals (an increase of six people since yesterday), and 129 of those patients are in intensive care units (three more than yesterday).

      With 731 recoveries since yesterday, an overall total of 163,793 people who tested positive have now recovered.

      Some good news is that no new deaths have been reported—the total number of fatalities remains at 1,842 people who have died of COVID-19-related reasons.

      During the pandemic, B.C. has reported a cumulative total of 171,564 COVID-19 cases.

      Vaccinations

      Since December, B.C. has administered 7,557,556 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines.

      As of today, 85.2 percent (3,949,169) of eligible people 12 and older have received their first dose and 77.7 percent (3,601,169) received their second dose.

      In addition, 85.8 percent (3,711,066) of all eligible adults have received their first dose and 78.6 percent (3,400,194) received their second dose.

      From August 31 to Sept. 6, people who aren’t fully vaccinated accounted for 77.8 percent of COVID-19 cases and from August 24 to September 6, they accounted for 85.9 percent of hospitalizations.

      Out of a total of 4,691 COVID-19 cases from August 31 to September 6, there were:

      • 3,247 unvaccinated people (69.2 percent);
      • 403 partially vaccinated people (8.6 percent);
      • 1,041 fully vaccinated people (22.2 percent).

      Out of a total of 233 hospitalized cases from August 24 to September 6, there were:

      • 184 unvaccinated people (79 percent);
      • 16 partially vaccinated people (6.9 percent);
      • 33 fully vaccinated people (14.2 percent).

      For cases per 100,000 population from August 31 to September 6, there were:

      • 244.4 unvaccinated people;
      • 108.3 partially vaccinated people;
      • 30.0 fully vaccinated people.

      For cases hospitalized per 100,000 population from August 24 to September 6, there were:

      • 13.7 unvaccinated people;
      • 4.1 partially vaccinated people;
      • 1 fully vaccinated person.

      Outbreaks and exposures

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

      Island Health provided an update on the outbreak at Sunset Lodge in Victoria, where one additional case was identified for a total of 36 cases (15 staff and 21 residents), and there have been three more resident deaths for a total of four people who have died.

      As of today, there are 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); Sunset Lodge (Island Health); and Jubilee Lodge (Northern 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).

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