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Interior Health sees three further deaths, 707 new cases of COVID-19 over past 72 hours

Most cases continue to be among the unvaccinated. Case data from Aug. 20 to Aug. 26 spanning 4,565 COVID-positive patients shows 71.3 per cent were unvaccinated, 10.4 per cent were partially vaccinated, and 18.2 per cent were fully vaccinated
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This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the spherical particles of the new coronavirus, colorized blue, from the first U.S. case of COVID-19.

B.C. is reporting 1,853 new cases of COVID-19 and seven further deaths over the past 72 hours, three of which occurred in the Interior Health region.

Interior Health also accounted for the largest portion of new cases, with 707. Elsewhere, there were 531 new cases in Fraser Health, 295 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 178 in Island Health and 142 in Northern Health.

On Monday, there were 176 people in hospital with 91 of those requiring critical care in ICUs.

In addition to the three deaths that occurred in the Interior Health region, there were two in Island Health and one each in Fraser Health and Northern Health.

The province currently has at least 19 active outbreaks in health-care facilities, including one declared on Friday (Aug. 27) at Kamloops Seniors' Village.

Interior Health has led the province in active cases for about five straight weeks, since cases erupted in the Central Okanagan and saw less severe spikes in other areas, including Kamloops.

On Monday, the numbers showed that trend continuing, with 2,424 active cases in the region. Fraser Health had 1,371 active and Vancouver Coastal Health had 1,076.

Most cases continue to be among the unvaccinated. Case data from Aug. 20 to Aug. 26 spanning 4,565 COVID-positive patients shows 71.3 per cent were unvaccinated, 10.4 per cent were partially vaccinated, and 18.2 per cent were fully vaccinated.

For the 217 patients hospitalized from Aug. 13 to Aug. 26, 172 (79.3 per cent) were not vaccinated, 14 (6.5 per cent) were partially vaccinated and 31 (14.3 per cent) were fully vaccinated.

On Monday, B.C.'s two-dose vaccination rate was 76.4 per cent.