Because the province begins to manage flu shots, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has launched a latest platform for respiratory disease data.

The integrated platform will mix its “surveillance reporting” on influenza, COVID-19, RSV, and other respiratory pathogens throughout the respiratory season.

This system’s COVID-19 weekly report, situation report, dashboard and wastewater data at the moment are available on the latest BCCDC web page, as is lab testing data for other pathogens, together with visits to primary care and other community health services linked to respiratory illnesses.

“Integrated surveillance will higher guide B.C.’s understanding of the burden of respiratory illness and its outcomes,” the BCCDC wrote in a Thursday news release.

“More data, including visits to acute care settings, outbreaks in health care facilities … and testing for antibodies in blood samples, will likely be added to the surveillance platform over the approaching weeks and months.”

In accordance with an epidemiology summary, respiratory illnesses are starting to extend in B.C. Their rate of increase is quicker than COVID-19, the BCCDC’s Thursday report notes.

Nevertheless, SARS-CoV-2 stays the predominant virus detected by tests within the province, although more tests for the virus are performed than for other viruses.

There have been 697 latest cases of COVID-19 within the last reporting week — Oct. 2 to Oct. 8 — together with 181 latest hospital admissions and 36 critical care admissions.

The BCCDC’s weekly COVID-19 numbers are limited by testing capability, and the figures are expected to extend as more information becomes available.


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