British Columbia sees most new COVID-19 infections in one week

Nine more British Columbians die from COVID-19; 5,945 fight active infections.

The COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia continues to progress, with new infections persistently emerging across the province.

Another 752 British Columbians have been diagnosed with the disease in the past 24 hours – the highest number of new cases in a day since September 29, a week ago.

The province recently estimated that 744 people have recovered from the disease because it has been 10 days since symptoms were first noticed, leaving 5,945 people struggling with COVID-19.

Nine of the most seriously infected people have died overnight from the disease, bringing the death toll from the pandemic in British Columbia to 1,992.

Serious infections continue, with 350 people in hospitals and 136 of those in intensive care units (ICUs).

A total of 191,124 British Columbians have contracted the disease since the first case was detected in the province in January 2020.

Of these, more than 95.6%, or 182,786 people, are considered by the province to have recovered because they left more than 10 days after feeling the first symptoms, and are therefore considered not. contagious.

Unvaccinated people continue to be largely responsible for much of the spread of the disease, although the vast majority of British Columbians are fully vaccinated.

New government data shows that between September 28 and October 4, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 70.2% of new cases. Between September 21 and October 4, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 77.6% of hospitalizations.

In British Columbia, 88.3% of eligible adults over the age of 12 received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 81.7% of those eligible received two doses, according to the Government of British Columbia.

New vaccinations continue to advance at a slow pace, compared to a few months ago, in large part because the vast majority of British Columbians have already received the two necessary doses.

Health officials provided 14,203 doses of the vaccine to British Columbians over the past day, including 5,920 to unvaccinated people and 8,283 to those who needed a second dose. No data was available for the third doses, which began to be given to those considered extremely vulnerable and immunocompromised.

Of the 4,098,733 residents of British Columbia who have received a dose of vaccine since mid-December 2020, more than 92.6%, or 3,797,462, are fully immunized, with two doses.

The Government of British Columbia estimated in July that the total population of the province was 5,147,712. Glacier Media’s calculation is therefore that 79.6% of the total population of British Columbia received at least one dose of vaccine and 73.8% of the total population of the province received two doses.

Northern Health remains the province’s hotspot for new and active infections.

Glacier Media’s calculations have broken down the 1,986 new infections by health region, per 10,000 population (with the total of new cases in parentheses):
• 1.7 at Fraser Health (297);
• 0.7 in Vancouver Coastal Health (85);
• 2.2 in Internal Health (164);
• 4.3 in Santé du Nord (130); and
• 0.9 at Island Health (76).

There have been no known new infections in people who do not normally reside in British Columbia

The result by health region, for the 5,945 people fighting active infections, for every 10,000 residents (with the total of new cases in parentheses) is:
• 13.1 to Fraser Health (2,349);
• 6.6 in Vancouver Coastal Health (824);
• 15.4 in Internal Health (1,142);
• 27.6 in Santé du Nord (829); and
• 8.7 at Island Health (743).

There are 58 active infections in the province among people who normally reside outside British Columbia

A new health care outbreak occurs at Mission Memorial Hospital in Mission. The outbreaks at Westsyde Hamlets, Kamloops, and Louis Brier Home and Hospital, Vancouver, have been declared over. That leaves British Columbia with 18 active outbreaks in healthcare facilities. •

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