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B.C. surpasses 2,000 COVID-19 deaths

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:58 PDT, Fri October 8, 2021

B.C. has reached another grim milestone in the fight against COVID-19: its 2,000th death linked to the virus.

Five new deaths were reported by health officials today, bringing the cumulative count to 2,001. Of those that recently passed, three lived in the Fraser Health region, one in the Interior Health region and one in the Northern Health region.

Officials also reported 743 new cases of COVID-19 today, two of which are epidemiologically linked. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 192,491 cases.

Of the new cases, 69 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 265 in the Fraser Health region, 70 in the Island Health region, 143 in the Interior Health region, 196 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are 5,969 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 360 of those people are hospitalized, 137 of whom are in intensive care. 

To date, 7,937,214 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 3,811,076 of those are second doses. 

This means that 89.1 per cent of adults and 88.6 per cent of people aged 12 and older have received their first dose of a vaccine. In addition, 83 per cent of adults and 82.2 per cent of those aged 12 and older have received two doses.

Health authorities reported two new healthcare facility outbreaks and declared one over. Active outbreaks continue at 13 long-term care facilities, two assisted or independent living facilities and two acute care facilities.

According to today’s written briefing, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will be revising the public health order requiring masks be worn in indoor public settings to include children five and older to align with the school mask-wearing requirement. More details on the decision and when the order will take effect will be provided during next week's COVID-19 briefing.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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