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High COVID case counts continue in Interior Health with 252 new infections

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August 25, 2021 - 4:20 PM

Despite new mask and social gathering restrictions being in place for the Interior Health region for more than two weeks, the pace of new COVID-19 infections has not slowed.

Back on Aug. 6 when those rules were imposed, a record 275 cases were recorded in the Interior Health region. While daily numbers fluctuate, they have not varied much from that total, on average.

That’s continuing this week with 273 new cases recorded yesterday, Aug. 24, and another 252 today.

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B.C., as a whole saw 698 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to a Ministry of Health news release issued today, Aug. 25.

That, too, is not far off the average daily totals and triggered a public heath order requiring mask wearing in all indoor spaces in B.C. as of today.

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Of the new cases, 203 were in the Fraser Health region, 129 in Vancouver Coastal, 69 on Vancouver Island and 45 in the Northern Health region.

There are 5,356 active cases with 139 people in hospital, 75 of whom are in intensive care. There are 1,911 active cases in the Interior Health region.

The immunization rate has climbed to 83.5 per cent for people 12 and older, 75.4 per cent of which are second doses.

There have been two new health care facility outbreaks including one in Interior Health at Spring Valley Care Centre in Kelowna.

From Aug. 10 to 23, 83.3 per cent of the new COVID-19 cases and 85 per cent of hospitalizations have been in people who are not fully vaccinated.

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