(Dr. Bonnie Henry)

The BC Ministry of Health reported 501 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, August 17th.

There have been 157,014 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 92
  • Fraser Health: 139
  • Island Health: 28
  • Interior Health: 205
  • Northern Health: 35
  • Resident outside Canada: 2

There are currently 5,296 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

149,847 people who tested positive have recovered.

There are now a total of 111 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 51 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

1 new person has died from COVID-related causes, making the provincial death toll 1,781.


There are currently 7 active outbreaks in long term care: Kin Village West Court and Evergreen Baptist Care Society in Fraser Health, Nelson Jubilee Manor, Kootenay Street Village, Cottonwoods Care Centre and Brookhaven Care Centre in Interior Health, and Discovery Harbour in Island Health.

There are currently 3 active outbreaks in assisted or independent living facilities: Village at Mill Creek – second floor, Hawthorn Park and David Lloyd in Interior Health.

Island Health:

Island Health reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island region and 282 active cases.

Breakdown of cases on Vancouver Island:

  • South Vancouver Island  Active cases: 159 │Total Cases: 2276
  • Central Vancouver Island Active cases: 96 │ Total Cases: 2673
  • North Vancouver Island  Active cases: 27 │Total Cases: 752

7 people remain in hospital with 3 in ICU. 

There has been one new death in the Island Health region today, and a total of 42 deaths on Vancouver Island.


82.7% of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 73.5% received their second dose.

In addition, 83.5% of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 74.9% received their second dose.

To date, 7,248,039 (+17,078) doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC; 3,406,546 (+13,497) of which are second doses.

See also: Unvaccinated Canadians make up almost 90% of newly reported COVID-19 cases across the country

Some links include:

At the time of this publication, 209,169,984 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 4,390,983 have died, and 187,496,497 have recovered.

Subscribe to the Victoria Buzz newsletter to receive the latest news, events and more directly to your inbox. Every day.