B.C. reports 774 new cases, five deaths

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B.C. health authorities reported 774 new cases of COVID-19 today, three of which are epidemiologically linked. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 172,338 cases.

Of the new cases, 123 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 233 in the Fraser Health region, 65 in the Island Health region, 253 in the Interior Health region, 98 in the Northern Health region and two new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

Locally, cases in Richmond decreased last week (Aug. 29 to Sept. 4) to 68, down from 91 the previous week.

There are 5,594 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 262 of those people are hospitalized, 130 of whom are in intensive care.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said today that of the 130 people in intensive care, 111 are unvaccinated, 10 partially vaccinated and nine fully vaccinated. He added that none of the people under age 50 in intensive care are fully vaccinated.

To date, 7,570,924 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 3,608,067 of those are second doses.

This means that 85.9 per cent of adults and 85.3 per cent of people aged 12 and older have received their first dose of a vaccine. In addition, 78.8 per cent of adults and 77.8 per cent of those aged 12 and older have received two doses.

Dix said more than 1.1 million people have downloaded their vaccine cards so far, two days after the system launched.

Sadly, there were five new virus-related deaths reported today, bringing that total to 1,847.

Health authorities reported one new healthcare facility outbreak. Active outbreaks continue at 15 long-term care, five assisted or independent living facilities and two 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.

Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel

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