On Thursday, another 402 individuals were diagnosed with COVID-19, according to B.C.’s Ministry of Health. This led to the province’s seven-day average toll to increase to almost 250.
This figure is also the highest single-day record that BC has reported since May 21. Due to this, the province’s active caseload also increased to 2,066, and this is the highest figure that has been reported since June 7.
B.C.’s alarming increase in COVID-19 infections has led to concerns that the province could be facing a fourth wave of the pandemic.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, who is the Province health officer, remarked that up to 95% of the cases that were reported on Thursday involved individuals who had not yet been immunized fully. As such, she described the increment in infections as a “wave of cases involving the unvaccinated.”
Health officials have reinstated that their primary objective is to increase the number of people who are vaccinated against the virus.
The first “Walk-in Wednesday” event organized by the government, took place this week. The idea behind this was to allow individuals across the province to get their first or second doses without necessarily having to pre-book an appointment.
At least 16,000 individuals participated in this event. Adrian Dix, the Health Minister, reported that the participants came from all over the province including Chilliwack, Vanderhoof, Creston and Victoria.
Thanks to this occasion, up to 33,000 doses were administered, and this is the highest that has been given out in a single day since July 10.
So far, the total number of AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine doses that have been administered stands at 6,965,062. Just slightly more than 68% of the eligible B.C. population has received the first and second doses.
The government has put other precautionary measures in place to curb the spread of the virus.
Not that long ago, Interior Health, which has been struggling with a rise in caseload, announced a regional outbreak in the Central Okanagan. Due to this, the policy of wearing masks was re-instituted in the area.
From the figure declared on Thursday, over half of these cases (234) were reported in Interior Health.
On a more positive note, no COVID-19 related deaths have been reported since Wednesday, meaning the death toll remains at 1,722.
That said, the number of patients being treated for the virus in hospitals has risen to 58, although those under intensive care have reduced to 21.