COVID-19 in B.C.: Over 700 new cases; deaths in all five health regions; and more

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      Due to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation being observed as a holiday today, the B.C Health Ministry stated that it is unable to provide hospitalization numbers, active cases or recovered cases for today’s update.

      These numbers, however, will be available in tomorrow's bulletin, the ministry stated.

      From what was reported, there were deaths in all five health regions, but there weren’t any new healthcare outbreaks declared.

      B.C. update: September 30

      Once again, the B.C. Health Ministry stated that the numbers of total and new cases are provisional due to a delayed data refresh.

      Today, the B.C. Health Ministry is reporting 749 new COVID-19 cases.

      The new cases include:

      • 267 new cases in Fraser Health;
      • 157 new cases in Interior Health;
      • 148 new cases in Northern Health;
      • 113 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health;
      • 64 new cases in Island Health;
      • no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

      Currently, there are 145 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care units. The B.C. Health Ministry stated that the number of yesterday's ICU cases has been adjusted to 142 from 146 after a correction from Interior Health.

      Tragically, nine new deaths have been reported, which brings the overall total fatalities to 1,962 people who have died of COVID-19-related reasons.

      The new deaths include three in Fraser Health, two in Interior Health, two in Island Health, and one each in Northern Health and Vancouver Coastal Health.

      B.C. has reported a cumulative total of 186,994 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic.

      B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix
      Province of British Columbia

      Vaccinations

      As of today, 88 percent (4,078,469) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose, and 81 percent (3,756,363) have received their second dose.

      In addition, 88.5 percent (3,827,508) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 81.8 percent (3,539,236) have received their second dose.

      The B.C. Health Ministry stated that people who haven’t been fully vaccinated accounted for 71.2 percent of COVID-19 cases from September 22 to 28, and accounted for 80.6 percent of hospitalizations from September 15 to 28.

      Since December, B.C. has administered 7,846,714 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines.

      Out of a total of 5,251 COVID-19 cases from September 22 to 28, there were:

      • 3,367 unvaccinated people (64.1 percent);
      • 373 partially vaccinated people (7.1 percent);
      • 1,511 fully vaccinated people (28.8 percent).

      Out of a total of 444 hospitalized cases from September 15 to 28, there were:

      • 317 unvaccinated people (71.4 percent);
      • 41 partially vaccinated people (9.2 percent);
      • 86 fully vaccinated people (19.4 percent).

      For COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population (after adjusting for age) from September 22 to 28, there were:

      • 303.4 unvaccinated people;
      • 101.6 partially vaccinated people;
      • 37.4 fully vaccinated people.

      For hospitalized cases per 100,000 population (after adjusting for age) from September 15 to 28, there were:

      • 46.5 unvaccinated people;
      • 17.1 partially vaccinated people;
      • 2 fully vaccinated people.

      Outbreaks and exposures

      There weren’t any new outbreaks declared, which leaves a total of 22 active outbreaks at healthcare facilities.

      Sobeys has listed the Safeway located at 9123 100th Street in Fort St. John as having one employee, who last worked there on September 25, as testing positive.

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