8 more people die of COVID-19 in B.C. as 596 new cases confirmed

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People are pictured walking in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia on Friday, October 29, 2021.   (Ben Nelms/CBC - image credit)
People are pictured walking in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia on Friday, October 29, 2021. (Ben Nelms/CBC - image credit)

British Columbia announced 596 new cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths on Thursday.

In a written statement, the provincial health ministry said there are currently 4,451 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in B.C.

A total of 438 people are in hospital, with 130 in intensive care.

Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind spikes and dips in new cases, are up by 0.9 per cent from last Thursday, when 434 people were in hospital with the disease.

The number of patients in intensive care is down by about 16.1 per cent from 155 a week ago.

The provincial death toll from COVID-19 is now 2,200 lives lost out of 207,716 confirmed cases to date.

Deaths per day due to COVID-19 in B.C., daily total and rolling average

There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at Peace Villa, for a combined total of 37 active outbreaks in assisted living and long-term and acute care.

Acute care outbreaks include:

  • Mission Memorial Hospital.

  • Chilliwack General Hospital.

  • Queen's Park Care Centre.

  • Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

  • Royal Inland Hospital.

  • University Hospital of Northern BC.

  • GR Baker Memorial Hospital.

  • Bulkley Valley District Hospital.

  • Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

As of Thursday, 90.1 per cent of those 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 85.6 per cent a second dose.

Location of new COVID-19 cases in B.C. by health authority

From Oct. 27 to Nov. 2, people who were not fully vaccinated accounted for 64.5 per cent of cases and from Oct. 20 to Nov. 2, they accounted for 71.8 per cent of hospitalizations, according to the province.

COVID-19 infections in B.C. by vaccination status, adjusted by population and age

So far, 8.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., including 3.9 million second doses.

Vaccinations in public service and health care

Any public service employee who has not received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 22 will be placed on unpaid leave for three months, B.C. health officials say.

Roughly 30,000 people work in public service in B.C. The province announced last month that vaccines for those workers would be mandatory.

COVID-19 in British Columbia by the numbers

Workers who still aren't vaccinated after that period "may be terminated," Health Minister Adrian Dix said during a news conference Monday.

Federal government employees had until Oct. 29 to disclose their vaccination status.

The vaccine mandate applies to approximately 268,000 public servants who work in what Ottawa refers to as the core public administration, which includes members and reservists of the RCMP.

Eligible people in B.C. who have gotten a first vaccine shot

Federal employees who refuse to be vaccinated without a valid reason will be put on unpaid leave as early as Nov. 15, the government has said. This applies to people working remotely and in-person.

In British Columbia's health-care sector, more than 3,300 workers are already on unpaid leave because they were not immunized by their Oct. 26 deadline for mandatory vaccination.

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