The breakdown of new cases over the past four days is as follows:
- From Friday to Saturday: 603 new cases.
- From Saturday to Sunday: 634 new cases.
- Sunday to Monday: 468 new cases.
- Monday to Tuesday: 385 new cases.
In a written statement, the provincial government said there are currently 5,183 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in British Columbia.
A total of 357 people are hospitalized, including 153 in intensive care.
Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind peaks and declines in new cases, are up 3.5% from last Tuesday, when 345 people were hospitalized for the disease and about 27% from last Tuesday. to a month ago, when 281 people were hospitalized.
The number of intensive care patients is up about 6.3% from 144 a week ago and 13.3% from a month ago, when 135 people were in intensive care.
The provincial death toll from COVID-19 is now 2,029 lives lost out of 194,581 cases confirmed to date.
The regional distribution of new cases is as follows:
- 814 new cases at Fraser Health, with a total of 2,182 active cases.
- 404 new cases in Interior Health, which has 841 active cases in total.
- 351 new cases at Northern Health, which has a total of 833 active cases.
- 292 new cases at Island Health, which has a total of 622 active cases.
- 229 new cases at Vancouver Coastal Health, which has a total of 647 active cases.
- No new cases have been reported among people residing outside of Canada, a group with 58 active cases in total.
There are a total of 19 active outbreaks in assisted living and long-term care, including outbreaks at Mission Memorial Hospital and the University Hospital of Northern BC
An outbreak at a site C labor camp in Fort St. John has been declared over.
As of Tuesday, 88.8% of people 12 and older in British Columbia received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 82.6% a second dose.
From October 4 to 10, people who were not fully vaccinated accounted for 68.1% of cases and from September 27 to October 10, they accounted for 73.7% of hospitalizations, depending on the province. After controlling for age, unvaccinated people are 17.5 times more likely to be hospitalized than those who are fully vaccinated, he said.
So far, 7.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 3.8 million second doses.
Mandatory LTC vaccines
Starting Tuesday, all long-term care and assisted living workers must have a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and a second dose within 35 days if they wish to continue working there.
Workers who are not vaccinated by the end of the day on Oct. 12 will be required to take mandatory unpaid leave, according to provincial health officer Bonnie Henry.
Beginning today, visitors to long-term care homes will also be required to present their vaccination card.
Vaccination against COVID-19 will soon be mandatory for anyone working in a health facility in the province.
Henry said the requirement goes into effect on October 26 and will apply to everyone who works in these settings, including students, doctors, residents, contractors, volunteers and all other healthcare professionals. . It also applies to people who work in home and community care settings, including client homes.
Vaccination of children
As BC health officials await a federal review of COVID-19 vaccines for children ages five to 11, they are encouraging families to register their children for the vaccine through the provincial Get Vaccinated portal.
The province says the portal has allowed children in this age group, for whom there is currently no approved COVID-19 vaccine in Canada, to be registered for a period of time.
But as Canada moves closer to approving a vaccine for the age group, it is important that families are prepared for the vaccine, the ministry said.
The advice to register comes after the province said on Friday that rules for wearing masks in indoor public places would be revised to include children aged five and over, to better align with the new rules school masking now in place for kindergarten to grade 3 children. Henry announced a public health order to this effect and made it official on Tuesday.
To register online, you must provide a first and last name, date of birth, postal code, health insurance number and an email address or phone number that can receive text messages.
Registration can also be done by phone at 1-833-838-2323 (toll free).