VICTORIA – British Columbia has reported 717 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of active infections in the province to 4,277.
More than half of the latest cases and about 57% of active infections are in the Interior Health Region, where public health restrictions have been reinstated in several communities and the spread has been mainly linked to unvaccinated people.
There are 82 people hospitalized with the disease, including 39 in intensive care, while the death toll remained the same on Friday at 1,779.
A statement from the Department of Health reports that there are 11 active outbreaks in nursing homes and long-term care homes, up from eight on Thursday.
Health officials announced this week that all staff and volunteers at senior care facilities must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 12.
Seventy-two percent of eligible residents of British Columbia received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 82.4 percent received at least one injection.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 13, 2021.
The Canadian Press