In a written statement, Dr. Bonnie Henry, a provincial health officer, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix said there are currently 5,982 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in British Columbia.
A total of 121 people are hospitalized, the highest number of new hospitalizations since June 19. Of these patients, 56 are in intensive care, up from 33 a week ago.
Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind peaks and declines in new cases, are up 49% from last Thursday, when 81 people were hospitalized for the disease.
The provincial death toll from the disease is now 1,784 lives lost. There have been 158,256 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia to date.
The regional distribution of new cases is as follows:
- 278 new cases in Interior Health, with a total of 3,368 active cases.
- 219 new cases at Fraser Health, which has 1,112 active cases in total.
- 123 new cases at Vancouver Coastal Health, which has a total of 908 active cases.
- 42 new cases at Island Health, which has 346 total active cases.
- 27 new cases at Northern Health, which has 239 active cases in total.
- There are no new cases among people residing outside of Canada, a group of nine active cases in total.
There are 11 active outbreaks in assisted living and long-term care. Of these, eight are from Interior Health and three from Fraser Health. The outbreak at Discovery Harbor long-term care facility in the Island Health region has been declared over.
As of Thursday, 82.9% of those 12 and over in British Columbia had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 74% a second dose.
So far, 7,280,835 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 3,431,103 seconds.
New epidemic at the site C project
A new outbreak has been declared at BC Hydro’s Site C dam project after 41 people tested positive for the virus. There are currently 32 active cases at the site, located near Fort St. John, and more than 110 close contacts of these cases are in self-isolation.
Officials say the confirmed cases mostly involve unvaccinated employees.
This is the second outbreak at the site this year, the first of which was declared on April 28. During the two-month epidemic, 56 people were infected.
Scrutineers are not required to be vaccinated
Elections Canada assures Canadians that voting in next month’s federal election will be safe, although the agency will not require election officials to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault said polling stations provide a controlled environment, where security measures can be enforced, and polling stations will monitor public health measures specific to each province.
If the situation changes, Perrault said Elections Canada will make adjustments.
British Columbians aged 12 and over who have not yet been immunized can register in three ways:
People can also be vaccinated at walk-in clinics across the province.