There were 1,986 new cases of COVID-19 reported over the past three days and 10 deaths.
Of those cases, 414 were in Interior Health, 346 in Northern Health and 218 in Island Health. There were 226 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health and 782 in Fraser Health.
There are 5,986 active cases of COVID-19 — 331 fewer than Oct. 1 — of which 326 are being treated in hospital. There are 142 people in intensive care.
Over the past three days, 9,308 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine was administered and 20,960 second doses. There are now 81.6 per cent of all British Columbians aged 12 and over fully immunized. However, that rate varies according to region. For example, in Vancouver Coastal Health, 87.6 per cent of people in Vancouver are fully immunized, while 62 per cent of people in Creston in Interior Health are fully immunized.
Troubling in the data released on Monday is that children aged 10 and under made up 17 per cent of cases, while those aged 19 and under made up 30 per cent. This is a recent phenomenon particularly in those aged 10 and under.
Mask requirements for K-3 students starts today
Starting today, students in B.C. from kindergarten to Grade 3 will now be required to wear masks inside schools, including at their desks and on school buses.
Provincial health officials announced the extension of the mask mandate on Friday. Students Grade 4 to 12 were already required to don the face coverings since the start of the school year.
The announcement was made soon after school trustees in Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby announced heightened mask requirements in their districts, with masks set to be required for all students in the K-12 system.
Health officials say they are offering boosters because of the risks of living in group settings and the fact that older people are shown not to develop as strong of an antibody response to their first two vaccine doses.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has said the latest data show a third dose is most effective about six months after the second.
Those eligible will be getting their extra jabs along with influenza shots.