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COVID-19 intensive care numbers reach peak

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:23 PDT, Mon April 5, 2021

There are 96 people with COVID-19 in intensive care in B.C., the highest number since the pandemic began.

Health officials reported 4,040 new cases of COVID-19 over the last four days, including a case correction for previously reported Friday and Saturday totals. There were 1,074 new cases from Thursday to Friday, 1,077 from Friday to Saturday, 999 from Saturday to Sunday and a further 890 in the last 24 hours. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 104,061 cases.

Since Saturday’s update, there have been 579 new cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 986 in the Fraser Health region, 100 in the Island Health region, 129 in the Interior Health region and 95 in the Northern Health region.

There are 8,490 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 318 people are hospitalized including the 96 in intensive care. A further 11,989 people are under active public health monitoring.

Health authorities reported 916 new confirmed cases that are variants of concern, bringing B.C.’s total to 3,559 cases. Of those, 588 cases are currently active. Of the total cases, 2,771 are the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 51 are the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 737 are the P.1 (Brazil) variant.

To date, 893,590 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,472 of which are second doses. 

Sadly, there were 23 new virus-related deaths reported over the last four days, for a total of 1,486.

Outbreaks are active at five long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities and nine acute care facilities.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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