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Posted: October 18, 2021

B.C.’s COVID-19 update for October 18

As of Monday, Oct. 18, 89.2% (4,133,755) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.4% (3,865,096) received their second dose.

In addition, 89.6% (3,877,031) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 84.1% (3,635,581) received their second dose.

Over a three-day period, B.C. is reporting 1,846 new cases of COVID-19, including six epi-linked cases, for a total of 198,278 cases in the province: Oct. 15-16 – 753 new cases; Oct. 16-17 – 650 new cases; Oct. 17-18 – 443 new cases.

Note: Two previously reported cases have been removed and one was added due to a data correction in the overall number of total cases.

There are currently 4,917 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 190,918 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 360 individuals are currently in hospital and 151 are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Note: Intensive care numbers are a subset of the total in hospital. They are not in addition to the number of people in hospital.

The new/active cases include:

* 322 new cases in Interior Health (total active cases: 777);

* 737 new cases in Fraser Health (total active cases: 2,039);

* 212 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (total active cases: 642);

* 406 new cases in Northern Health (total active cases: 880);

* 169 new cases in Island Health (total active cases: 521).

In the past 72 hours, 26 new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 2,081.

The new deaths include five in Interior Health, 10 in Fraser Health, five in Northern Health, three in Vancouver Coastal Health and three in Island Health.

There have been four new health-care facility outbreaks: at Queens Park Care Centre, Heritage Village, Menno Terrace West (Fraser Health) and Amica Lions Gate (Vancouver Coastal Health). The outbreak at Joseph Creek Care Village in Cranbrook (Interior Health) has been declared over, for a total of 22 active outbreaks.

From Oct. 8-14, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 68.3% of cases and from Oct. 1-14, they accounted for 74.6% of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Oct. 8-14) – Total 3,914

* Not vaccinated: 2,420 (61.8%);

* Partially vaccinated: 255 (6.5%);

* Fully vaccinated: 1,239 (31.7%).

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Oct. 1-14) – Total 465

* Not vaccinated: 320 (68.8%);

* Partially vaccinated: 27 (5.8%);

* Fully vaccinated: 118 (25.4%).

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Oct. 8-14) 

* Not vaccinated: 268.

* Partially vaccinated: 74.2.

* Fully vaccinated: 29.4.

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Oct. 1-14)

* Not vaccinated: 53.4;

* Partially vaccinated: 11.8;

* Fully vaccinated: 2.7.

Since December 2020, the province has administered 8,060,794 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

Lead image: A sign asking customers to have their vaccine passport ready at the entry to ABC Restaurant in Cranbrook. Carrie Schafer/e-KNOW photo

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