In a written statement, the provincial government said there are currently 5,929 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in British Columbia. A total of 373 people are hospitalized, including 132 in intensive care.
Overall, hospitalizations, which typically lag behind peaks and troughs in new cases, are up 13.7% from last Thursday, when 328 people were hospitalized for the disease and around 46% compared to a month ago on September 7, when 255 people were in the hospital.
The number of intensive care patients is down about 8% from 145 a week ago and 4% from a month ago, when 126 people were in intensive care.
The provincial death toll from COVID-19 is now 1,996 lives lost out of 191,748 confirmed cases to date.
There are a total of 13 active outbreaks in assisted living and long-term care. Three acute care facilities – the Mission Memorial Hospital, the University Hospital of Northern BC and the Royal Inland Hospital – are also experiencing active outbreaks.
The province says the outbreak at Jubilee Lodge in Prince George is now over. A total of 20 residents and three staff members were affected. Another outbreak at Victoria Chinatown Care Center has also been declared over.
As of Thursday, 88.5% of people aged 12 and over in British Columbia received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 82.1% a second dose.
From September 29 to October 5, people who were not fully vaccinated accounted for 70.8% of cases and as of September 22, they accounted for 78.3% of hospitalizations, depending on the province.
So far, 7.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 3.8 million second doses.
Employee vaccines required
The federal and provincial governments, as well as some companies, have already made vaccines mandatory for their employees.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled Canada’s new policy on mandatory vaccines on Wednesday. It demands that employees in the basic civil service, air transport and railways be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of October.
This week, provincial health officials also announced that COVID-19 vaccines will soon be mandatory for thousands of British Columbia public service workers and visitors to many healthcare facilities, including healthcare. long-term and assisted.
Teachers and school support staff are not included in this mandate. According to Stephanie Higginson, president of the BC School Trustees Association, education employees are hired by individual school districts and it is up to school boards to determine whether staff in their jurisdiction should be vaccinated.
Private companies, such as LNG Canada, have also developed corporate vaccine mandates, with deadlines looming for staff to be fully immunized.
Anyone eligible for immunization who has not yet received their first and / or second dose can do so by booking an appointment online, calling 1 833 838-2323 or registering in person at a BC Service Center.