VANCOUVER SUN/Interior Health accounted for a third of all COVID-19 deaths over the past day, as fresh outbreaks were reported in a hospital and care home while a community outbreak worsened.
There were 12 deaths reported in B.C. between noon Tuesday and noon Wednesday and 519 new cases. The death toll provincewide is now 1,031.
Of the 4,810 active cases of the disease in B.C., 360 are in hospital including 76 in intensive care.
Susan Brown, CEO of Interior Health, said that four of the 12 deaths were within her health region and all at long-term care facilities (Sunnybank in Oliver, Creekside Landing in Vernon and McKinney Place in Oliver.)
The worst outbreak in Interior Health is at McKinney Place where 17 residents have died (44 people have died within that region so far.)
Brown also declared a fresh outbreak at the Cariboo Memorial Hospital with four staff impacted, and at the Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre in Kamloops.
There was also an outbreak at Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital in Vancouver reported.
Brown said there were 44 cases connected to a worsening community outbreak within the Canim Lake First Nation northeast of 100-Mile House and there are 16 cases connected to an outbreak at Tech mining operations in the East Kootenay.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said 62,294 vaccines had been injected in B.C. as of the end of day Wednesday.