British Columbia

ICU patients more than double in a week as B.C. records 1,434 new cases of COVID-19 over 3 days

B.C. health officials announced 1,434 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 72 hours and one more death on Monday.

There are 104 people in hospital with the disease, 47 of whom are in intensive care

A health worker at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C., dons personal protective equipment while working in the Intensive Care Unit. (Christian Amundson/CBC)

B.C. health officials announced Monday there were 1,434 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death over the past 72 hours.

The cases break down as follows: 

  • Between Aug. 13-14, Friday to Saturday, there were 532 new cases.
  • Between Aug. 14-15, Saturday to Sunday, there were 441 new cases.
  • Between Aug. 15-16, Sunday to Monday, there were 461 new cases.

In a written statement, the provincial government said there are currently 5,090 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in B.C.

A total of 104 people are in hospital, the first time since July 1 the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 has been over 100.  Of those 47 are in intensive care, over twice as many as a week ago when only 20 people were in the ICU.

Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind spikes and dips in new cases, are up 53 per cent from last Monday, when 68 people were in hospital with the disease. 

The provincial death toll from the disease is now 1,780 lives lost. There have been 156,513 confirmed cases to date.

As of Monday, 82.6 per cent of those 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 73.2 per cent a second dose.

Cases rising provincewide

More than half of the new daily COVID-19 cases in the province were in the Interior Health region, but other areas of B.C. are also seeing an increase.

 

Here is the regional breakdown of new cases:

  • 734 new cases in Interior Health, which has 2,982 total active cases.
  • 316 new cases in Fraser Health, which has 882 total active cases.
  • 198 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, which has 715 total active cases. 
  • 112 new cases in Island Health, which has 307 total active cases.
  • 74 new cases in Northern Health, which has 197 total active cases.
  • There are no new cases among people who reside outside of Canada, a group which has seven total active cases.

Interior Health says non-essential travel to and from the Central Okanagan should be avoided due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to a statement Friday from Northern Health, 16 employees and contractors working on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in the Valemount area tested positive for COVID-19. The health authority said an investigation suggests the majority of the infections were not acquired at the project site.

 

As the fourth wave of COVID-19 grips the country, Ottawa has announced it will be mandatory for all federal government employees to be vaccinated.

The government says it also "expects" that other employers in federally regulated sectors — like banking, broadcasting and telecommunications — will require vaccinations for their employees.

In B.C., the province has mandated vaccines for all long-term care volunteers and employees.

 

The majority of people currently in hospital with the novel coronavirus in B.C. are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

British Columbians aged 12 and over who have not yet been immunized can register in three ways:

People can also be immunized at walk-in clinics throughout the province.

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