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Hospitalizations down, but deaths remain high

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 6:05 PST, Fri November 12, 2021

Last Updated: 6:12 PST, Fri November 12, 2021

While the number of COVID-related hospitalizations in B.C. has started to decrease, deaths linked to the virus remain high.

There are 384 people hospitalized with an active case as of today, the first time the number has fallen below 400 in more than two weeks; 124 of those people are in intensive care. In all, there are 4,265 active cases in B.C.

However, 23 people died since Wednesday. Of those who died, 11 lived in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, eight in the Fraser Health region, one in the Island Health region, two in the Interior Health region and one in the Northern Health region. To date, 2,257 people have lost their lives due to the virus.

Health officials also reported 992 new cases of COVID-19 since Wednesday. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 211,750 cases.

Of the new cases, 117 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 308 in the Fraser Health region, 138 in the Island Health region, 263 in the Interior Health region, 166 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

Locally, numbers rose slightly in Richmond last week (Oct. 31 to Nov. 6) to 41, up from 37 the previous week (Oct. 24 to 30) and 29 the week before that (Oct. 17 to 23).

To date, 8,423,484 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 4,010,702 of those are second doses. 

This means that 91.0 per cent of adults and 90.6 per cent of people aged 12 and older have received their first dose of a vaccine. In addition, 87.1 per cent of adults and 86.5 per cent of those aged 12 and older have received two doses.

Health authorities reported two new healthcare facility outbreaks and declared four over. Active outbreaks continue at 14 long-term care facilities, four assisted or independent living facilities and seven acute care facilities.

From Nov. 4 to 10, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 61.0 per cent of cases and from Oct. 28 to Nov. 10 they accounted for 68.9 per cent of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Nov. 4 to 10)—Total 3,517

• Not vaccinated: 1,962 (55.8 per cent)

• Partially vaccinated: 184 (5.2 per cent)

• Fully vaccinated: 1,371 (39.0 per cent)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Oct. 28 to Nov. 10)—Total 383

• Not vaccinated: 237 (61.9 per cent)

• Partially vaccinated: 27 (7.0 per cent)

• Fully vaccinated: 119 (31.1 per cent)

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Nov. 4 to 10)

• Not vaccinated: 255.0

• Partially vaccinated: 69.7

• Fully vaccinated: 31.4

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Oct. 28 to Nov. 10)

• Not vaccinated: 47.4

• Partially vaccinated: 16.5

• Fully vaccinated: 2.6

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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