Latest COVID-19 update of the week includes 13 deaths in just 24 hours in British Columbia – .

Latest COVID-19 update of the week includes 13 deaths in just 24 hours in British Columbia – .

Vancouver –

British Columbia reports 667 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 new deaths.

The figures, which cover the last 24-hour period, came in a statement from the Health Ministry on Friday afternoon, in what is expected to be the last case update of the week.

Friday’s cases bring the moving average down to 563, from 574 on Thursday. It is the seventh consecutive day that the average has fallen. The last time it increased was when it hit 671 on October 8, a slight increase from the 667 the day before.

Two of the deaths were in Fraser Health Region and the remaining 11 were in Interior Health Region.

The province has also reported a new outbreak of COVID-19 at a healthcare facility. This outbreak, at the GR Baker Memorial Hospital in Quesnel, is located in the northern health region of the province. The rural region is experiencing a high spread of COVID-19 cases and its intensive care units have been overwhelmed.

A COVID-19 outbreak at the Fraser Health Authority’s Good Samaritan Delta View Care Center has been declared over. There are 19 other outbreaks active in health facilities, according to the ministry.

The new cases mean there are now 5,128 active cases of COVID-19. Among the active cases, 367 people are hospitalized, including 152 in intensive care. The number of people in British Columbia who have recovered from COVID-19 is now 188,851.

89% of eligible people aged 12 and over in British Columbia received their first dose on Friday, the same percentage reported on Thursday. Despite the fact that the percentage remains the same, an additional 3,314 people received their first dose of the vaccine in the course of a day – that just was not enough to increase the percentage. And, 83.7% of eligible residents received two doses, an increase from 82.9% on Thursday.

Of the new cases, 246 are in Fraser Health, 184 in Northern Health, 75 in Vancouver Coastal Health, and 59 in Island Health and 101 in Interior Health.

Notably, however, Fraser Health has more than six times the population of Northern Health, meaning the Northern region added significantly more cases per capita than Fraser Health – or the other three health regions in the province.

To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Northern Health, Dr. Bonnie Henry, a provincial health officer, announced new restrictions on Thursday as hospitals in the region were overwhelmed.

As of Friday, personal gatherings – whether indoor or outdoor – have been restricted to fully vaccinated people in parts of northern British Columbia.

“If you are not vaccinated or have unvaccinated people in your household, you should only stay with your household,” Henry said of Northern Health Measures.


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