The province now has 104 people sick enough to need hospital treatment for their COVID-19 infection, a net total of 22 more people from the last data update on August 13. This is the highest number since June 30, when 108 people filled British Columbia hospitals with the disease. Meanwhile, the province reached a minimum of 43 COVID-19 patients in hospitals on July 26.
More serious hospitalizations are also increasing rapidly, with the number of people in intensive care units (ICUs) rising to 47, a net total of eight more people than in those units three days ago. That’s the highest number since June 21, and it’s more than quadruple the 11 people who filled intensive care units across British Columbia as recently as July 14.
Thankfully, the death toll has yet to start rising, with health officials reporting one new death in the past three days.
It was not immediately clear what percentage of COVID-19 patients in British Columbia hospitals have been fully vaccinated, but provincial health officer Bonnie Henry said last week that about 4% of COVID-patients 19 in hospitals were fully vaccinated and had spent more than a week since their second jab.
The spike in new cases slowed over the weekend, with:
• 532 cases detected on August 14;
• 441 cases detected on August 15; and
• 461 cases detected on August 16.
On August 13, the province reported 717 new infections.
The number of people actively fighting infections province-wide rose to 5,090 – the highest number since May 14, when 5,548 people were infected and were not yet considered cured.
More than 95.6%, or 149,553, of the 156,513 people known to have contracted COVID-19 in British Columbia are considered by the province to have recovered because they disappeared 10 days after feeling the first symptoms, and therefore are not considered infectious.
Most of the new and active infections are in the hard-hit interior health region, where residents have also had to suffer the double whammy of COVID-19 outbreaks and wildfires that have prompted emergency evacuations, fears for personal safety and poor air quality that the sky in places turned dark orange by midday.
Here’s a breakdown of the location of the 1,434 new COVID-19 infections, detected over the past three days, in British Columbia:
• 316 at Fraser Health (22%);
• 198 in Vancouver Coastal Health (13.8%);
• 734 in Internal Health (51.2%);
• 74 in Santé du Nord (5.2%); and
• 112 at Island Health (7.8%).
The 5,090 active infections include:
• 882 to Fraser Health (17.3%);
• 715 in Vancouver Coastal Health (14%);
• 2,982 in Internal Health (58.6%);
• 197 in Northern Health (3.8%);
• 307 at Island Health (6%); and
• seven people who normally reside outside British Columbia
Vaccinations help limit the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, although the pace of British Columbia’s vaccination campaign has slowed as most eligible residents are now fully vaccinated.
British Columbians have received 67,086 new doses of the vaccine in the past three days, including 11,385 for the first doses and 55,701 for the second doses needed. In July, many doses of the vaccine were often given in a single day.
Of the 3,830,337 residents of British Columbia who have received at least one dose of vaccine, 88.6%, or 3,393,049, are fully immunized.
The government of British Columbia estimated in February that the total population of the province was 5,147,712, which means that nearly 74.4% of the total population of British Columbia received at least one dose of vaccine and over 65.9% of the province’s total population received two doses.
According to government calculations, 82.6% of the province’s eligible population, aged 12 and over, has been vaccinated at least once, and 73.2% of eligible people are fully vaccinated.
The outbreak at the Holyrood Manor home for the aged in Maple Ridge has been declared over.
Three new outbreaks were detected in retirement homes:
• Village at Mill Creek (second floor) in Kelowna;
• Hawthorn Park in Kelowna; and
• The David Lloyd Jones long-term care home in Kelowna.
Existing outbreaks in homes for the aged continue at:
• Evergreen Baptist Care Society à White Rock;
• West KinVillage Court in the South Delta;
• Discovery Harbour à Campbell River;
• Kootenay Street Village in Cranbrook;
• Cottonwoods Health Center in Kelowna;
• Brookhaven Health Center in West Kelowna;
• Nelson Jubilee Manor in Nelson.