COVID-19 in B.C.: Over 700 new cases; almost 6,000 active cases; 12 flights with exposures; and more

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      Today, active cases remained around similar levels as yesterday, with a mix of increases and decreases in the five regional health authorities.

      Hospitalizations slightly increased, there’s one new healthcare outbreak, and there are 12 flights with potential exposures.

      B.C. update: October 6

      B.C. is reporting 752 new cases of COVID-19, including two epi-linked cases.

      Currently, there are 5,945 active COVID-19 cases, which is eight more cases than yesterday.

      The new and active cases include:

      • 297 new cases in Fraser Health, with 2,349 total active cases (49 more cases than yesterday);
      • 164 new cases in Interior Health, with 1,142 total active cases (nine fewer cases than yesterday);
      • 130 new cases in Northern Health, with 829 total active cases (seven fewer cases);
      • 85 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, with 824 total active cases (12 fewer cases);
      • 76 new cases in Island Health, with 743 total active cases (20 more cases);
      • no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada, with 58 total active cases (same number as yesterday).

      With five more hospitalized cases than yesterday, there are now 350 individuals in hospitals, and 136 of those patients are in intensive care units (eight fewer than yesterday).

      As of today, an overall total of 182,786 people who tested positive have recovered, which includes 741 recoveries since yesterday.

      Tragically, nine new deaths have been reported, which include: five in Fraser Health, three in Vancouver Coastal Health, and one in Island Health. The overall total number of fatalities is now at 1,992 people who have died.

      B.C. has reported a cumulative total of 191,124 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic.


      Since December, B.C. has administered 7,908,832 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines.

      As of today, 88.4 percent (4,098,733) of eligible people 12 and older have received their first dose of vaccine and 81.9 percent (3,797,462) received their second dose.

      In addition, 88.9 percent (3,845,695) of all eligible adults have received their first dose and 82.7 percent (3,575,790) received their second dose.

      People not fully vaccinated accounted for 70.2 percent of cases from September 28 to October 4 and they accounted for 77.6 percent of hospitalizations from September 21 to October 4.

      Outbreaks and exposures

      Fraser Health has declared an outbreak at Mission Memorial Hospital after evidence of transmission in one medicine unit and six patients have tested positive. The emergency department at the hospital remains open and there hasn’t been any other impact to other areas of the hospital.

      According to the B.C. Health Ministry, the outbreaks at The Hamlets at Westsyde in Kamloops (Interior Health) and Louis Brier Home and Hospital in Vancouver (Vancouver Coastal Health) have been declared over.

      The B.C. Health Ministry states that there are a total of 18 active outbreaks in healthcare facilities.

      The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) added the following 12 flights to its lists of potential public exposures:

      • September 22: North Cariboo Air 1540, Vancouver to Terrace;
      • September 22: North Cariboo Air 1541, Terrace to Vancouver;
      • September 26: Lufthansa 492, Frankfurt to Vancouver;
      • September 27: WestJet 3100, Fort St. John to Calgary;
      • September 28: Air Canada/Jazz 8580, Vancouver to Saskatoon;
      • September 28: Turkish Airlines 75, Istanbul to Vancouver;
      • September 30: Air Canada/Jazz 8580, Vancouver to Saskatoon;
      • September 30: Air Canada/Jazz 8841, San Francisco to Vancouver;
      • September 30: Philippine Airlines 116, Manila to Vancouver;
      • October 1: Air Canada 377, Montreal to Victoria;
      • October 3: Air Canada/Jazz 8555, Calgary to Victoria;
      • October 3: WestJet 195, Calgary to Victoria. 
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