British Columbia Records 696 New COVID-19 Cases, 6 More Deaths – .

British Columbia Records 696 New COVID-19 Cases, 6 More Deaths – .

British Columbia health officials on Wednesday announced 696 new cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths.
In a written statement, the provincial government said there are currently 4,888 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in British Columbia.

A total of 370 people are hospitalized, including 139 in intensive care.

Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind peaks and declines in new cases, are down four patients from last Wednesday, when 374 people were hospitalized for the disease and up about 17.9% compared to a month ago when 307 people were hospitalized.

The number of intensive care patients is down about 9% from 153 a week ago and 11% from a month ago, when 156 people were in intensive care.

The provincial death toll from COVID-19 is now 2,092 lives lost out of 199,534 cases confirmed to date.

There are a total of 24 active outbreaks in assisted living and long-term care. Acute care units at affected hospitals include Fraser Health’s Mission Memorial Hospital, University Hospital of Northern British Columbia GR Baker Memorial Hospital in Quesnel (Northern Health) and Tofino General Hospital (Island Health).

As of Wednesday, 89.3% of people aged 12 and over in British Columbia received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 83.6% a second dose.

From October 12 to 18, people who were not fully vaccinated accounted for 67.2% of cases and from October 5 to 18, they accounted for 74.9% of hospitalizations, depending on the province.

So far, more than eight million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including more than three million second doses.

Certain restrictions lifted

Restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings in British Columbia will be lifted next Monday.

The revision will take effect after Sunday’s deadline requiring anyone over the age of 12 to have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine if they wish to access such gatherings.

Sporting events, theater performances, concerts, weddings, funerals and organized parties will be allowed to operate at 100% capacity in settings where the BC vaccination card is in effect.

The order to sit at a table in restaurants and pubs will also be lifted.

Regional health orders and restrictions currently in effect in the Northern and Indoor Health Authority regions, as well as the eastern Fraser Valley, will remain in place.

Indoor mask requirements will remain in effect for all indoor gatherings and for people moving into restaurants and pubs.


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