British Columbia confirmed 2,239 new cases of COVID-19 and 18 more deaths over the weekend, health officials said on Monday.
In a statement, the provincial government said 876 cases were diagnosed from Friday to Saturday, 657 from Saturday to Sunday and 706 from Sunday to Monday.
A total of 303 people are hospitalized, including 141 in intensive care.
Officials said people who are not fully vaccinated continue to account for the vast majority of new cases and hospitalizations.
As of Monday, 87.7% of people 12 and older in British Columbia received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 80.5% a second dose.
Overall, hospitalizations, which typically lag behind peaks and declines in new cases, are down 1.3% from last Monday, when 307 people were hospitalized for the disease, but up by about 90% compared to last month, August 27, when 159 people were in the hospital.
The number of intensive care patients is down about 10% from 156 a week ago, but up 67% from a month ago, when 84 people were in intensive care.
The Department of Health said there are currently 6,098 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in British Columbia.
The regional distribution of new cases is as follows:
- 857 new cases at Fraser Health, which has 2,218 active cases in total.
- 525 new cases in Interior Health, which has 1,159 active cases in total.
- 358 new cases at Northern Health, which has 1,165 active cases in total.
- 256 new cases at Vancouver Coastal Health, which has a total of 843 active cases.
- 230 new cases at Island Health, which has 657 active cases in total.
- There are 13 new cases among people residing outside of Canada, a group of 56 active cases in total.
There are a total of 21 active outbreaks in assisted living, long-term and short-term care, including one outbreak at Fort St. John Hospital.
School is back
The province will again notify parents of COVID-19 cases in schools.
Dr. Bonnie Henry said last Tuesday that parents and teachers across the province have said they need to be better informed about the transmission of the disease.
“What we are going to do is provide this information and you will see it available on the BCCDC website“Dix said.
The minister said the reporting system will be operational this week.
Proof of vaccine required
British Columbians are now required to present a vaccination card proving that they have been immunized to access many activities and services. Adults 19 years of age and older must also present government-issued photo identification.
Cards are available through the province Health Gateway website and can be downloaded to a mobile device or printed.
As of Monday, British Columbians will not be able to use their original proof of vaccination and will be required to use the province’s official vaccination card in digital or paper form.
Residents were able to use their original proof of vaccination, such as the wallet card given out at vaccination clinics, to access non-essential spaces until Sunday as part of a transition period to the Vaccination Card program of the province.
Anyone who is eligible for vaccination and who has not yet received their first and / or second dose can do so by online appointment booking, by calling 1-833-838-2323 or registering in person at a Service BC location.