B.C. records 10 more COVID-19 deaths in 24-hour period; 79 new cases in Island Health

The COVID-19 death toll in British Columbia jumped to 1,910 as another 10 people died over a 24-hour period, including one in the Island Health region.

The Ministry of Health said Wednesday the province had recorded 759 new cases of COVID-19, including 79 in the Island Health region, which now has 636 active cases.

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Twenty people in the health region are in intensive care with the virus, more than half the 35 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

The ministry says 324 people across the province have been hospitalized due to the virus, and 157 are in intensive care units.

Just over 87 per cent of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 79.7 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The Fraser Health authority has the most active cases at 1,734, followed closely by Interior Health, which has 1,223.

There are 23 active outbreaks in long-term care, acute care, or assisted-living facilities in the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2021.

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