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B.C. exceeds 300 COVID-19 related hospitalizations

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 5:18 PDT, Mon September 20, 2021

For the first time in four months, the number of COVID-19 related hospitalizations in B.C. has exceeded 300.

Health authorities reported today that 307 people are hospitalized with an active case of COVID-19. The province does not report the number of people who are hospitalized but no longer considered an active case. Of the 307 in hospital, 156 are in intensive care—an increase of 21 from Friday’s number. A total of 5,608 people are currently considered to have an active case, including those in hospital.

Health officials also reported 1,692 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 179,646 cases.

Of the new cases, 239 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 533 in the Fraser Health region, 204 in the Island Health region, 371 in the Interior Health region, 345 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

To date, 7,711,306 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.;  3,679,181 of those are second doses. 

This means that 87.4 per cent of adults and 86.8 per cent of people aged 12 and older have received their first dose of a vaccine. In addition, 80.2 per cent of adults and 79.4 per cent of those aged 12 and older have received two doses.

Sadly, there were 11 new virus-related deaths reported since Friday, bringing that total to 1,899.

Health authorities reported one new healthcare facility outbreak. Active outbreaks continue at 15 long-term care facilities, three assisted or independent living facilities and three acute care facilities.

From Sept. 10 to 16, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 76.3 per cent of cases and from Sept. 3 to 16, they accounted for 85.0 per cent of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Sept. 10 to 16)—Total 4,749

• Not vaccinated: 3,268 (68.8 per cent)

• Partially vaccinated: 355 (7.5 per cent)

• Fully vaccinated: 1,126 (23.7 per cent)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Sept. 3 to 16)—Total 401

• Not vaccinated: 319 (79.6 per cent)

• Partially vaccinated: 22 (5.5 per cent)

• Fully vaccinated: 60 (15.0 per cent)

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Sept. 10 to 16)

• Not vaccinated: 313.7

• Partially vaccinated: 91.6

• Fully vaccinated: 28.6

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Sept. 3 to 16)

• Not vaccinated: 44.9

• Partially vaccinated: 8.7

• Fully vaccinated: 1.4

After factoring for age, people not vaccinated are 32.2 times more likely to be hospitalized than those fully vaccinated.

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

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