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B.C. reports 759 new COVID-19 cases

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:24 PDT, Wed September 22, 2021

B.C. health authorities reported 759 new cases of COVID-19 today, 25 of which are epidemiologically linked. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 180,937 cases.

Today’s case count is an increase from yesterday’s 525 and last Wednesday’s 661. B.C. reached a fourth wave peak of 867 new cases on Aug. 27.

Of the new cases, 101 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 214 in the Fraser Health region, 79 in the Island Health region, 233 in the Interior Health region, 129 in the Northern Health region and three new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are 5,458 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 324 of those people are hospitalized, 157 of whom are in intensive care. Hospitalizations decreased by eight from yesterday’s four-month high, but intensive care admissions rose by two.

In response to a question yesterday about statistics on people hospitalized but not considered to be active cases, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the province tracks severity of illness as well as keeping a census of all those in hospital who test positive for COVID-19. She said the information presented in weekly surveillance reports about new hospital admissions and age groups is “the important epidemiological information that helps us understand the impact of the pandemic.”

To date, 7,739,828 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 3,692,922 of those are second doses. 

This means that 87.7 per cent of adults and 87.1 per cent of people aged 12 and older have received their first dose of a vaccine. In addition, 80.5 per cent of adults and 79.7 per cent of those aged 12 and older have received two doses.

Sadly, there were 10 new virus-related deaths reported today, bringing that total to 1,910.

Health authorities reported one new healthcare facility outbreak. Active outbreaks continue at 16 long-term care facilities, four assisted or independent living facilities and three acute care facilities.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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