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B.C. reports 605 new cases; 119 in Interior Health

FILE PHOTO - Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks to reporters at a news conference, Aug. 23, 2021.
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October 13, 2021 - 3:55 PM

Another 605 people in B.C. have contracted COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, including 119 in the Interior Health region the province is reporting.

That’s on top of 2,090 cases reported over the weekend, bringing the total current active cases to 5,172.

Of the active cases, 374 are in hospital and 153 of those are in intensive care, according to a Ministry of Health media release issued today, Oct. 13. The remaining people are recovering at home in self isolation.

In the Interior Health region, there are 850 active cases. Fraser Health leads the province in total active cases at 2,214 but the Northern Health Region continues to feel the impact with 689 active cases, including 67 new ones.

Four more people have also died from the disease, including three in Northern Health and one in the Island Health region.

Yesterday, Health Minister Adrian Dix said Northern Health remains a hot spot, and well over capacity for the number of intensive care beds. Patients are being air-lifted to hospitals around the province to find care.

Meanwhile, vaccination rates are not keeping pace, up just a fraction to 88.9% of eligible people age 12 and older who got their first dose and 82.7% with their second dose.

Since the start of the pandemic, 187,564 people have tested positive and since recovered.

The Ministry of Health has declared 19 outbreaks largely in long-term care and other care settings. In Interior Health, those include Cottonwoods Care Centre in Kelowna, Joseph Creek Care Village in Cranbrook, Overlander Residential Care in Kamloops, and in Penticton at Village by the Station and Haven Hill Retirement Centre.

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