Dr. Bonnie Henry (Colin Smith Takes Pics)

The BC Ministry of Health reported 715 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, October 21st. 

There have been 200,249 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 60
  • Fraser Health: 285
  • Island Health: 61
  • Interior Health: 137
  • Northern Health: 172
  • Resident outside Canada: 0

There are currently 4,965 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

192,819 people who tested positive have recovered.

There are now a total of 377 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 136 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

4 new people have died from COVID-related causes, making the provincial death toll 2,096.

Data by Vaccination Status: 

From Oct. 13-19, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 66.4% of cases and from Oct. 6-19, they accounted for 76.2% of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Oct. 13-19):

  • Total: 4,351
  • Not vaccinated: 2,561 (58.9%)
  • Partially vaccinated: 325 (7.5%)
  • Fully vaccinated: 1,465 (33.7%)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Oct. 6-19):

  • Total: 445
  • Not vaccinated: 314 (70.6%)
  • Partially vaccinated: 25 (5.6%)
  • Fully vaccinated: 106 (23.8%)

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Oct. 13-19):

  • Not vaccinated: 308.7
  • Partially vaccinated: 95.6
  • Fully vaccinated: 34.5

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Oct. 6-19):

  • Not vaccinated: 53.9
  • Partially vaccinated: 11.0
  • Fully vaccinated: 2.4

Outbreaks

There have been two new health-care facility outbreaks at Deni House (Interior Health) and Bulkley Valley District Hospital (Northern Health).

There are a total of 26 active outbreaks, including:

Long-Term Care: Willingdon Care Centre, Westminster House, Magnolia Gardens, Manoah Manor, Cherington Place, West Shore Laylum, Queens Park Care Centre, Heritage Village (Fraser Health), Amica Lions Gate (Vancouver Coastal Health), Cottonwoods Care Centre, Overlander, Village by the Station, Haven Hill Retirement Centre, Deni House (Interior Health) and Wrinch Memorial Hospital (Northern Health).

Acute Care: Mission Memorial Hospital (Fraser Health), University Hospital of Northern BC, GR Baker Memorial Hospital, Bulkley Valley District Hospital (Northern Health) and Tofino General Hospital (Island Health).

Assisted or Independent Living: Sunset Manor, Evergreen Manor, Menno Terrace West, The Emerald at Elim Village, Swedish Assisted Living Residence (Fraser Health) and Cooper Place (Vancouver Coastal Health).

Island Health:

Island Health reported 61 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island region and 431 active cases.

Breakdown of cases on Vancouver Island:

  • South Vancouver Island  Active cases: 178 │Total Cases: 4274
  • Central Vancouver Island Active cases: 217 │ Total Cases: 4525
  • North Vancouver Island  Active cases: 36 │Total Cases: 1232

52 people remain in hospital with 24 in ICU. 

There were no new deaths reported in the Island Health region today, and a total of 84 deaths on Vancouver Island.

Vaccinations

As of Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, 89.4% of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.8% received their second dose.

In addition, 89.8% of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 84.4% received their second dose.

To date, 8,103,896 (+15,582) doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC; 3,883,585 (+7,006) of which are second doses.

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At the time of this publication, 243,159,888 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 4,942,780 have died, and 220,368,547 have recovered.

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