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British Columbia’s latest COVID-19 update includes 677 more cases as healthcare system falters under the weight of wave 4 – .


Vancouver –

Five people have died from COVID-19 during the 24-hour period summarized in the latest update from BC health officials.

In a written statement, the health ministry said 560 more cases were confirmed on the last day.

The latest figures have pushed the province’s seven-day average for new cases above 600 per day.

Of the 198,939 cases recorded by British Columbia since the start of the pandemic, just under 5,000 are still considered active.

There are 146 patients treated in intensive care out of 382 total hospitalizations.

As is often the case, the largest number of people recently confirmed to have COVID-19 live in British Columbia’s most populous health authority, Fraser Health.

Northern Health, the authority that continues to have the highest per capita rate in the province, added 131 cases in the latest update.

Another 80 were reported in Vancouver Coastal Health, 79 in BC’s Interior and 61 in Island Health.

Among the latest deaths, two were in Fraser, two in the North and one on Vancouver Island.

Tuesday’s update followed news that 26 people had died from COVID-19 over the weekend. That total brought the province’s seven-day average death toll to 8.43 percent, the highest since early February.

Again, government statistics indicated that the majority of cases and hospitalizations in British Columbia were in people not vaccinated against COVID-19 or only partially vaccinated.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said on Twitter that 88% of people in intensive care due to COVID-19 on Monday were not fully immunized.

Officials don’t give this information on a daily basis, but he published on Tuesday that among hospitalizations between Oct. 11 and Oct. 17, 75.5 percent were not fully immunized.

Looking at the cases over a two-week period, Oct. 4-17, Dix said 67.1% were in people who had not received both injections.

On Tuesday, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 hit a record high since mid-May.

And while those who are not fully vaccinated make up a large portion, the number of people who have received two doses also appears to be increasing. But experts say that to understand what the numbers really mean, you need to look at more than just the list.

Read more on Monday’s coverage of a “biased” version of reality, addressing questions of whether the vaccine works. Essentially, fully immunized people now represent a much higher percentage of the population.

The most recent information available is that 89.2 percent of all eligible British Columbians have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 83.5 percent, or more than 3.87 million people, have received the vaccine. of them.

As the numbers change, the provincial restrictions also change.

Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry announced Tuesday that capacity limits at event venues will soon be lifted. The doctor said this was the next phase of British Columbia’s vaccine passport system.

It was also announced on Tuesday that the number of young children catching COVID-19 dropped significantly in the second month of the school year. Yet, Dr Henry warned, children between the ages of five and 11 are infected at a higher rate than other age groups in the province.

Tuesday’s update also included a new outbreak in one of the 23 healthcare facilities currently considered active. Elim Village faces its sixth from the pandemic, this time in a building on its Surrey campus known as The Emerald.

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