13 more die from COVID-19 in British Columbia as 667 new cases are confirmed – .

13 more die from COVID-19 in British Columbia as 667 new cases are confirmed – .

British Columbia on Friday announced 667 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 more deaths, the highest number of deaths in one day since February 3.
In a written statement, the provincial government said there are currently 5,128 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in British Columbia.

A total of 367 people are hospitalized, including 152 in intensive care.

Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind peaks and declines in new cases, are up 1.9% from last Friday, when 360 people were hospitalized for the disease, and around 27% compared to a month ago when 288 people were hospitalized.

The number of intensive care patients has increased by about 11% from 137 a week ago and the same percentage from a month ago, when 137 people were also in intensive care.

The provincial death toll from COVID-19 is now 2,055 lives lost out of 196,433 cases confirmed to date.

89% of those 12 and over in British Columbia received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Friday and 83% a second dose.

So far, eight million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 3.8 million second doses.

There are a total of 19 active outbreaks in assisted living, long-term care and acute care. There was a new outbreak at GR Baker Memorial Hospital in Quesnel. The outbreak at the Good Samaritan Delta View Care Center has been declared over.

Acute care hospitals currently affected by COVID outbreaks include Mission Memorial Hospital, University Hospital of Northern BC, GR Baker Memorial Hospital, and Tofino General Hospital.

More than 90 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and three people have died from an outbreak at a care home in Burnaby, and officials say the death toll is expected to rise.

The majority of cases at Willingdon Care Center are among residents, according to the BC Center for Disease Control. Health Minister Adrian Dix said Thursday he expects the death toll to rise to 10 over the next few days due to a delay in reporting the data.

New Nordic restrictions

Other restrictions for the northern part of the province went into effect Thursday at midnight and will last until at least November 19 in a bid to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

Restrictions in the region now include limiting indoor and outdoor gatherings to fully immunized people only, capping the number of people who can assemble in any setting, relocating worship services online, cutting sales of alcohol earlier in the night and the obligation of masks and safety plans during organized events.

Health officials strongly recommend that people stay in their community unless it is essential for work or medical reasons.

Restrictions are also in place in the Interior Health Region and in communities in the eastern Fraser Valley.

Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry continues to reiterate the importance of vaccination in reducing the risk of illness and death from COVID-19.

From Oct. 7 to 13, people who were not fully vaccinated accounted for 68.3 percent of cases and from Sept. 30 to Oct. 13, they accounted for 76.3 percent of hospitalizations, depending on the province.

Anyone who has not yet received a vaccine is encouraged to do so immediately. Appointments can be made online via the Get vaccinated portal, by calling 1-833-838-2323 or in person at any Location of the BC service.

People can also be vaccinated at walk-in clinics across the province.

British Columbia health officials await a federal review of COVID-19 vaccines for children ages five to 11 and encourage families to register their children now, as they anticipate that doses will be available for this group of children. ‘by early November.


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