(Dr. Bonnie Henry/Photo by Colin Smith Takes Pics)

The BC Ministry of Health reported 696 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, October 20th.

There have been 199,534 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 76
  • Fraser Health: 252
  • Island Health: 59
  • Interior Health: 118
  • Northern Health: 191
  • Resident outside Canada: 0

There are currently 4,888 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

192,189 people who tested positive have recovered.

There are now a total of 370 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 139 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

6 new people have died from COVID-related causes, making the provincial death toll 2,092.


There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at Swedish Assisted Living Residence (Fraser Health), for a total of 24 active outbreaks, including one in the Island Health region at the Tofino General Hospital.

Island Health:

There were 59 new COVID-19 cases in the Island Health region today. According to Island Health, there are 413 active cases in the region, while BCCDC are reporting 517.

  • South Vancouver Island  Active cases: 172│Total Cases: 4,247
  • Central Vancouver Island Active cases: 205│ Total Cases: 4,492
  • North Vancouver Island  Active cases: 36│Total Cases: 1,227
  • 52 people remain in hospital with 25 in ICU

There were no new deaths in the Island Health region since yesterday,  there have been a total of 84 deaths on Vancouver Island have been recorded since the pandemic began.


As of Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, 89.3% of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.6% received their second dose.

In addition, 89.7% of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 84.3% received their second dose.

To date, 8,088,314 (+14,637) doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC; 3,876,579 (+5,870) of which are second doses.

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At the time of this publication, 242,693,712 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 4,934,318 have died, and 219,956,853 have recovered.

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