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COVID-19 in B.C.: Data confirms unvaccinated at most risk; over 600 new cases and over 6000 active cases; and more – The Georgia Straight



Today’s new case count remained high. 

Hospitalized cases continued to increase in number, heading towards 200.

Active cases continued to climb in number in all regions except for one—Vancouver Coastal Health—where active cases have been decreasing for a few days now.

Today (August 31), B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix presented a modelling update.

Although the data didn’t provide any unexpected insights, it did reaffirm and provide further evidence of what has been previously been said—that the vast majority of new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths remain among unvaccinated people.

In looking over the geographic distribution of cases, Henry observed that there isn’t a place in the province that hasn’t been affected by COVID-19 cases, the Lower Mainland has borne the brunt of the cases, and some hotspots across the province remain.

Among the places with the highest average daily rate of cases per 100,000 population in each region (from August 20 to 26) are:

  • Interior Health: Golden, Grand Forks, Creston, Nelson, and Enderby, but Henry also noted that cases in Central Okanagan has levelled off and are decreasing;
  • Northern Health: Nisga’a, Nechako—Henry said there are low immunization numbers in these areas, and she added that there are continuing high rates in Peace River, Fort Nelson, and Prince George (where she said there are concerning increases);
  • Fraser Health: Mission;
  • Vancouver Coastal Health: Vancouver Centre North (Henry said particularly areas around the Downtown Eastside);
  • Island Health: Alberni-Clayoquot.

When looking at the overall curve, Henry acknowledged that case numbers have been increasing steadily since mid-July.

But she pointed out that what isn’t increasing at the same rate as in previous waves is the number of hospitalizations. She did say that in regions where they are rising, such as Interior and Northern Health, these increased hospitalizations are affecting the ability to provide healthcare.

She said that about 50 percent of the cases over the past month have been in Interior Health, which has about 15 percent of the province’s population.  

When it comes to vaccinations among cases, from July 30 to August 26, the vast majority of cases were among the unvaccinated: 70 percent of cases, 81 percent of hospitalizations, and 52 percent of deaths.

Information from today’s modelling update can be downloaded from the lefthand column.  

Today, the B.C. Health Ministry is reporting 655 new COVID-19 cases (including 15 epi-linked cases).

Currently, there are 6,045 active cases—an increase of 127 cases since yesterday.

The new and active cases include:

  • 242 new cases in Interior Health, with 2,495 total active cases (71 more cases than yesterday);
  • 186 new cases in Fraser Health, with 1,418 total active cases (47 more cases);
  • 99 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, with 1,026 total active cases (50 fewer cases);
  • 68 new cases in Island Health, with 620 total active cases (33 more cases);
  • 60 new cases in Northern Health, with 479 total active cases (26 more cases);
  • no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada, with seven total active cases (same number as yesterday).

An increase of 11 patients since yesterday means 187 individuals are now in hospitals and 103 of those patients are in intensive care units (12 more than yesterday).

Sadly, two new deaths (both in Island Health) have been reported. B.C. has now recorded an overall total number of 1,816 COVID-19-related fatalities during the pandemic.

With 522 recoveries since yesterday, 157,941 people who tested positive have now recovered.

During the pandemic B.C. has reported a cumulative total of 166,068 cases.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix
Province of British Columbia

As previously noted, Dix said that over the past week, there has been a notable increase in vaccinations (following the announcement of the B.C. Vaccine Card program).

In particular, he said that there have been increases particularly among those up to 30 years old (Dix said that vaccinations among those in this age range have increased twice the provincial average) and that the “highest uptake” among regions has been in Interior and Northern Health, which previously had low rates of vaccinations.  

From August 16 to 29, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 80.2 percent of cases and 88.7 percent of hospitalizations.

Out of a total of 4,698 cases from August 23 to 29, there were:

  • 3,285 unvaccinated people (69.9 percent);
  • 485 partially vaccinated people (10.3 percent);
  • 928 fully vaccinated people (19.8 percent).

Out of a total of 186 hospitalized cases from August 16 to 29, there were:

  • 150 unvaccinated people (80.6 percent);
  • 15 partially vaccinated people (8.1 percent);
  • 21 fully vaccinated (11.3 percent).

For cases per 100,000 population from August 23 to 29:

  • 212.1 unvaccinated people;
  • 124.9 partially vaccinated people;
  • 28.7 fully vaccinated people.

For cases hospitalized per 100,000 population from August 16 to 29:

  • 9.6 unvaccinated people;
  • 3.5 partially vaccinated;
  • 0.7 fully vaccinated people.

Since December, B.C. has administered 7,463,858 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines.

As of today, 84.3 percent (3,908,860) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 76.5 percent (3,547,751) received their second dose.

In addition, 85 percent (3,676,744) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 77.6 percent (3,355,134) received their second dose.

Interior Health has declared a new healthcare facility outbreak at Kamloops Seniors Village.

Vancouver Coastal Health has imposed restrictions at the Arbutus Care Centre in Vancouver, but has not yet declared an outbreak.

As of today, there are 19 active outbreaks, including:

  • longterm care: Heritage Village (Fraser Health); Brock Fahrni (Vancouver Coastal Health); Village at Mill Creek, Nelson Jubilee Manor, Kootenay Street Village, Cottonwoods Care Centre, Brookhaven Care Centre, Spring Valley Care Centre, and Kamloops Seniors Village (Interior Health); and Sunset Lodge (Island Health);
  • acute care: Peace Arch Hospital and Chilliwack General Hospital (Fraser Health); and Fort St. John Hospital (Northern Health);
  • assisted or independent living: Nicola Meadows, Hawthorn Park, David Lloyd Jones, Sun Pointe Village, Hardy View Lodge, and Rose Woods Village (Interior Health).

None of the five regional health authorities listed any new community outbreaks, business closures, or public exposure events.


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Ontario reports 653 new COVID-19 cases, 6 more virus-related deaths – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News



Ontario is reporting another week-over-week decline in its daily COVID-19 case count with fewer than 700 new infections confirmed over the past 24 hours.

Provincial health officials logged 653 new COVID-19 cases today, up slightly from 640 on Saturday but down from 715 one week ago.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases continues to drop, hitting 620 today, down from 709 last Sunday.

Of the new cases confirmed today, 499 are in individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 154 are in those who are fully immunized.

With 31,063 tests processed over the past 24 hours, officials are reporting a provincewide positivity rate of two per cent, compared to 2.3 per cent seven days ago.

The province says there are now 177 people with COVID-19 receiving treatment in Ontario intensive care units, declining by five since last Sunday.

Six more virus-related deaths were reported over the past 24 hours but the province says three of those fatalities occurred last month.

Ontario’s active COVID-19 caseload now sits at 5,591, down from 6,396 last Sunday.

More than 80 per cent of eligible Ontarians have now received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In an effort to boost vaccination rates, the city is holding vaccination clinics in a variety of locations with high foot traffic, including malls across Toronto this weekend.

Dr. Omar Khan, an assistant professor with the University of Toronto’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, said Ontario’s high vaccination rate will help keep ICUs from filling up.

“By having people vaccinated, that keeps them out of the hospital, keeps them out of the ICUs, and then lets the medical system catch up with everything that’s been piling up,” he told CP24 on Sunday morning. 

The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

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COVID-19: N.B. reports person in 40s has died, as province adds 82 new cases –



A person in their 40s is New Brunswick’s 54th COVID-related death.

The province said in a news release Sunday that the person was from Zone 1 (Moncton region).

The news marked six COVID-related deaths in the province since last Wednesday, under a week ago.

“Each life taken in New Brunswick by COVID-19 is more than a number,” said Premier Blaine Higgs in a news release.

“These are people’s parents, children, friends, neighbours and coworkers.”

The death was announced on the same day the province reported 82 new cases — 64 of which involve people who are not fully vaccinated.

Read more:
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There are now 33 people in New Brunswick hospitalized due to the virus, 15 of whom are in the ICU.

With 33 recoveries reported, the number of active cases is now 628.

Public Health data shows 79.2 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 88 per cent have received their first dose of vaccine.

New cases breakdown

The new cases are:

Zone 1 (Moncton region) – 27 cases

  • 12 people 19 and under
  • one person 20-29
  • three people 30-39
  • two people 40-49
  • two people 50-59
  • two people 70-79
  • three people 80-89
  • two people 90 and over

Eighteen cases are under investigation and nine are contacts of a previously-confirmed case.

Zone 2 (Saint John region) – four cases

  • a person 20-29
  • a person 40-49
  • a person 60-69
  • a person 70-79

Three cases are contacts of previously-confirmed cases and one is under investigation.

Click to play video: 'COVID-19: the upward trend in cases among children'

COVID-19: the upward trend in cases among children

COVID-19: the upward trend in cases among children

Zone 3 (Fredericton region) – 30 cases

  • 16 people 19 and under
  • six people 20-29
  • one person 40-49
  • three people 50-59
  • four people 60-69

Twenty-two cases are under investigation and eight are contacts of previously-confirmed cases.

Zone 4 (Edmundston region) – 14 cases

  • four people 19 and under
  • two people 20-29
  • six people 30-39
  • two people 80-89

Thirteen cases are under investigation and one is a contact of a previously-confirmed case.

Zone 5 (Campbellton region) – two cases

  • a person 30-39
  • a person 70-79

Both cases are contacts of previously-confirmed cases.

Zone 6 (Bathurst region) – four cases

  • three people 30-39
  • one person 40-49

Three cases are under investigation and one is a contact of a previously-confirmed case.

Zone 7 (Miramichi region) – one case

  • a person 30-39

This case is under investigation.

State of emergency reinstated

On Friday, the province reinstated a state of emergency due to the current level of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Physical distancing, indoor masking and a proof of vaccination policy for certain services and businesses are now in effect.

Anyone entering New Brunswick must also pre-register through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program.

Click to play video: 'New Brunswickers react to reinstated state of emergency'

New Brunswickers react to reinstated state of emergency

New Brunswickers react to reinstated state of emergency

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Outbreak declared at Prince George's University Hospital of Northern BC – BC News –



A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Prince George’s University Hospital of Northern BC Sunday.

Northern Health says nine patients and one staff member on the hospital’s Primary Care Medical Unit have tested positive for the virus, and more testing is currently underway.

As a result, the hospital has restricted the unit to essential visitors only.

The condition of the infected people was not disclosed.

An outbreak at the same hospital last December through January left eight people dead, after 33 people tested positive.

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