VICTORIA — Tofino General Hospital on Vancouver Island has joined the list of 19 acute care, long-term care or assisted-living facilities in B.C. with a COVID-19 outbreak. 

A statement from the Health Ministry says there have been 605 new cases diagnosed, bringing the active case count to 5,172. 

There have been four more deaths in the province, including three in the Northern Health area, where the health minister has said the vaccination rate is lower than the rest of the province. 

There are 374 people in hospital, of whom 153 are in intensive care units. 

More than 4.1 million people, or almost 89 per cent of eligible residents, have had their first COVID shot, while 82.7 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Those people who were not fully vaccinated accounted for 68 per cent of the diagnosed cases in B.C. between Oct. 5 to 11. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 13, 2021. 

The Canadian Press