92 new COVID-19 cases reported in Island Health, one additional death

Ninety-two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one additional death were reported Wednesday in Island Health.

A total of 78 people with COVID-19 have died in the region since the start of the pandemic, including five over the long weekend.

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The new cases bring the number of active cases in the region to 640. Of those, 44 are in hospital, including 28 in intensive care.

A statement from the Health Ministry said 605 new cases had been diagnosed in B.C., bringing the active case count to 5,172.

There have been four more deaths in the province, including three in the Northern Health area, where the health minister has said the vaccination rate is lower than the rest of the province.

There are 374 people in hospital, of whom 153 are in intensive care units.

More than 4.1 million people, or almost 89 per cent of eligible residents, have had their first COVID shot, while 82.7 per cent are fully vaccinated.

People who were not fully vaccinated accounted for 68 per cent of the diagnosed cases in B.C. between Oct. 5 to 11.

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