VICTORIA — British Columbia has recorded 752 more cases of COVID-19 as nearly 82 per cent of eligible residents aged 12 and up have now been fully vaccinated.

The province says nine more people have died, for a total of 1,992 deaths from the virus.

It says during the last two weeks, over 69 per cent of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were not vaccinated, but that over 22 per cent had received both doses of a vaccine.

Three hospitals are currently experiencing outbreaks, while most of the 18 outbreaks at health facilities are in long-term care homes.

Seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie has issued a report saying long-term care and assisted living residents are three and a half times more likely to contract COVID-19 and 33 times more likely to die from it.

Staff at the facilities who are not fully vaccinated by next Tuesday will be placed on leave without pay as part of a policy that will extend to health-care staff at hospitals and in community settings on Oct. 26.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2021.

The Canadian Press