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Posted: October 5, 2021

B.C.’s COVID-19 update for October 5

As of Tuesday, Oct. 5, 88.3% (4,092,813) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 81.7% (3,789,179) received their second dose.

In addition, 88.8% (3,840,329) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 82.5% (3,568,189) received their second dose.

B.C. is reporting 593 new cases of COVID-19, including nine epi-linked cases, for a total of 190,372 cases in the province.

There are 5,937 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 182,045 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 345 individuals are in hospital and 144 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:

* 128 new cases in Interior Health (total active cases: 1,151);

* 203 new cases in Fraser Health (total active cases: 2,300);

* 68 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (total active cases: 869);

* 87 new cases in Northern Health (total active cases: 836);

* 107 new cases in Island Health (total active cases: 723).

In the past 24 hours, no new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 1,983.

There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at the University Hospital of Northern BC (Northern Health). The outbreak at Menno Terrace East (Fraser Health) has been declared over, for a total of 19 active outbreaks.

People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised will receive a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine. For information on eligibility, as well as how and when to receive a third dose.

Visitor policy for long-term care and all other health-care settings in B.C. is being updated. Starting Oct. 12, visitors to long-term care and assisted-living facilities will need to show their vaccine card for proof of full immunization. Starting Oct. 26, visitors to acute-care settings will also need to show they are fully vaccinated.

From Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 70.7% of cases and from Sept. 20-Oct. 3, they accounted for 78.1% of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Sept. 27-Oct. 3) – Total 4,922

* Not vaccinated: 3,160 (64.2%);

* Partially vaccinated: 320 (6.5%);

* Fully vaccinated: 1,442 (29.3%).

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Sept. 20-Oct. 3) – Total 347

* Not vaccinated: 242 (69.7%);

* Partially vaccinated: 29 (8.4%);

* Fully vaccinated: 76 (21.9%).

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Sept. 27-Oct. 3)

* Not vaccinated: 297.3;

* Partially vaccinated: 90.1;

* Fully vaccinated: 35.1.

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Sept. 20 to Oct. 3)

* Not vaccinated: 36.7;

* Partially vaccinated: 12.9;

* Fully vaccinated: 1.7.

Since December 2020, the province has administered 7,894,975 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

Lead image: A friendly request at Smokehouse 93 at the Invermere crossroads. Carrie Schafer/e-KNOW photo

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