Oceanside COVID-19 cases rising significantly in August — COVID-19 update

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The Oceanside local health area saw its weekly new COVID-19 case count double between the second and third week of August. 

The area recorded 22 new cases between Aug. 15 and 21, a significant increase from the 10 recorded the previous week. Eighty-three per cent of eligible Oceanside residents over 12 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC). 

The Greater Nanaimo local health area’s weekly cases increased from 25 to 37 between the second and third week of August. 

Island Health reported 63 new cases today (Aug. 27), there are 452 active cases in the health region, including 185 in the central Vancouver Island region.

B.C. recorded 867 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths over the past 24 hours. The deaths were all in the Interior Health region, according to a media release from the provincial government. There are 5,657 active cases of COVID-19 in the province — of these, 159 people are in hospital and 84 are in intensive care.

The province said people not fully vaccinated accounted for 82 per cent of cases and 85.9 per cent of hospitalizations between Aug. 12 and 25.

Since December 2020, the province has administered 7,408,715 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, according to the release.

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