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The BC Ministry of Health reported 689 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, August 19th.

There have been 158,256 cases of COVID-19 in the province since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 123
  • Fraser Health: 219
  • Island Health: 42
  • Interior Health: 278
  • Northern Health: 27
  • Resident outside Canada: 0

There are currently 5,982 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

150,377 people who tested positive have recovered.

There are now a total of 121 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 56 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

2 new people have died from COVID-related causes, making the provincial death toll 1,784.


There is one new long-term care facility outbreak at Heritage Village (Fraser Health). The outbreak at Discovery Harbour long-term care (Island Health) has been declared over.

There are currently 8 active outbreaks in long term care: Heritage Village, 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.

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

Island Health:

Island Health reported 42 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island region and 346 active cases.

Breakdown of cases on Vancouver Island:

  • South Vancouver Island  Active cases: 173 │Total Cases: 2308
  • Central Vancouver Island Active cases: 112 │ Total Cases: 2710
  • North Vancouver Island  Active cases: 38 │Total Cases: 765

8 people remain in hospital with 5 in ICU. 

There have been no new deaths in the Island Health region today, and a total of 42 deaths on Vancouver Island.


As of Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, 82.9% of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 74.0% received their second dose.

In addition, 83.7% of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 75.3% received their second dose.

To date, 7,280,835 (+15,613) doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC; 3,431,103 (+11,271) of which are second doses.

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

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At the time of this publication, 210,630,085 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 4,413,183 have died, and 188,636,151 have recovered.

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