BC’s immunization program has passed another milestone, with more than six million doses administered.
Island Health also reported surpassing the million-dose mark.
Meanwhile, most of the new cases came back to Interior Health, which also has roughly the same number of active cases as Fraser Health.
The Canadian federal government had announced on February 4 of this year that Arctic cruises and pleasure boats would remain prohibited from entering Canadian waters until February 28, 2022.
In light of progress with vaccines, Canadian Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra announced yesterday (July 15) that cruise ships will be able to enter Canada from November 1.
Cruise operators, however, must comply with public health requirements.
Again, the number of new and total cases is tentative due to a delayed data update and will be verified once confirmed.
The BC Health Ministry is reporting 45 new cases of COVID-19 today.
Currently, there are 652 active cases, two cases less than yesterday.
New and active cases include:
- 21 new cases in Interior Health, with 164 total active cases (three cases more than yesterday);
- 13 new cases at Fraser Health, with 163 total active cases (five cases less than yesterday);
- eight new cases at Vancouver Coastal Health, with a total of 259 active cases (one more case than yesterday);
- two new cases at Island Health, with 30 total active cases (one more case than yesterday);
- a new case at Northern Health, with 29 total active cases (one more case than yesterday);
- there are no new cases of individuals residing outside of Canada, with seven total active cases (one more case than yesterday).
Currently, there are 60 people in the hospital (three less than yesterday) and 12 of those patients in intensive care units (the same number as yesterday).
The good news is that there are no new deaths, bringing the total to 1,761 people who died during the pandemic.
With 49 recoveries, there are 145,908 people who have now recovered.
BC has recorded a cumulative total of 148,331 cases during the pandemic.
Currently, there is one active healthcare outbreak remaining:
- intensive care: Laurel Place at Surrey Memorial Hospital (Fraser Health);
- long-term care: none;
- assisted or independent living: none.
The BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) has added the following two flights to its lists of public exhibits:
- July 9: Flair 8200, Vancouver to Montreal, affected rows 18-24;
- July 12: WestJet 131, Calgary to Vancouver, affected rows 6-12.
In the provincial immunization program, BC has administered 6,004,668 doses of Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines.
As of today, 79.5 percent (3,686,611) of eligible individuals 12 years and older in British Columbia have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 49.9 percent (2,310,888) received their second. dose.
Additionally, 80.6 percent (3,485,949) of all eligible adults in British Columbia have received their first dose and 53.2 percent (2,301,322) received their second dose.
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) stated today in a press release that it has been using 12 mobile interpreting devices at its COVID-19 vaccination clinics. These devices allow patients to speak with live, medically trained interpreters who offer virtual services in more than 240 languages.
So far, VCH has used the devices for more than 18,000 minutes of live performance.
Among the most requested languages are Cantonese (42 percent) and Mandarin (39 percent), as well as Vietnamese (four percent), Farsi (three percent) and Korean (three percent).
VCH will add 74 more of these devices in the region this year.
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