Interior and Fraser Health shared the bulk of the new cases and increases in active cases, and Vancouver Coastal Health still has the most active cases.
In contrast, Northern Health has not recorded any new cases.
However, another provincial crisis is impacting the progress of COVID-19.
While vaccination appointments had already been canceled in parts of the province due to the recent heat wave, some vaccination clinics are now having to temporarily suspend their activities due to forest fires.
Today, the government of British Columbia declared a state of emergency due to forest fires that have broken out across the province. This state of emergency follows the end of the record-breaking COVID-19 state of emergency, which went into effect on March 18, 2020 (a day after British Columbia’s provincial health officer, Dr Bonnie Henry, declared a public health emergency) and did not end until recently on June 30.
Interior and Fraser Health are alerting people to prepare for other impacts of the BC wildfires, including poor air quality, evacuation alerts or orders, and a power outage. Regional health authorities also monitor forest fires for impacts on health services and facilities.
Interior Health announced today that it has canceled the COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Oliver and Osoyoos today and tomorrow (July 20 and 21) due to the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. Anyone looking for another location for vaccinations can come to the Penticton Trade and Convention Center clinic.
The British Columbia Ministry of Health reports that there are 76 new cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia today.
A total of 692 COVID-19 cases are currently active in British Columbia
50 people are currently hospitalized and 12 are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
New and active cases include:
- 37 new cases in domestic health, with 207 active cases in total (an increase of 28 cases since yesterday);
- 27 new cases at Fraser Health, with a total of 182 active cases (an increase of 16 cases since yesterday);
- nine new cases at Vancouver Coastal Health, with a total of 241 active cases (a decrease of five cases since yesterday);
- three new cases at Island Health, with a total of 22 active cases (one more case than yesterday);
- no new cases at Northern Health, with a total of 32 active cases (one less than yesterday);
- no new cases from people outside of Canada, with eight active cases in total (the same number as yesterday).
The good news is that no new deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported. Thus, the total number of deaths remains at 1,763 people who died during the pandemic.
With 37 recoveries since yesterday, a cumulative total of 146,099 people have now recovered.
British Columbia has recorded a cumulative total of 148,563 cases during the pandemic.
In British Columbia’s immunization program, the province administered 6,233,656 doses of Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
To date, 80 percent (3,706,660) of eligible people aged 12 and over in British Columbia have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 54.4% (2,519,686) have received their second dose.
Additionally, 81 percent (3,503,156) of all eligible adults in British Columbia received their first dose and 57.8 percent (2,498,763) received their second dose.
Once again, Fraser Health and TransLink launched the air-conditioned and specially equipped Mobile Vaccine Bus to organize temporary vaccination clinics.
Today the bus stopped at Aldergrove and tomorrow (July 21) it will be holding a temporary clinic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot (8249 Eagle Landing Parkway) in Chilliwack, in partnership with First Nations Health Authority.
Anyone who has not yet received their first dose will be given priority, and anyone who needs their second dose will be added to a waiting list and receive an SMS if there are enough supplies to accommodate them.
Currently, there are two active outbreaks:
- acute care: Laurel Place at Surrey Memorial Hospital (Fraser Health);
- long-term care: Holyrood Manor (Fraser Health);
- assisted or independent living: none.
None of the five regional health authorities have reported new outbreaks in healthcare or the community, and have not documented any new public exposures or business closings.
The BC Center for Disease Control has added the following six flights to its public exhibit listings (information on affected lines is listed on the BCCDC website when available):
- July 12: Air Canada 555, Los Angeles to Vancouver, lines 27 to 33 affected;
- July 12: Flair 8806, from Vancouver to Waterloo;
- July 13: Turkish Airlines 75, from Istanbul to Vancouver;
- July 15: Aeromexico 696, from Mexico City to Vancouver;
- July 16: Alaska Airlines 2206, from Seattle to Vancouver;
- July 17: Air Canada 555, from Los Angeles to Vancouver, assigns rows 27 to 33.