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Richmond COVID-19 cases rise again

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:42 PST, Thu January 6, 2022

There were 563 new COVID-19 cases in Richmond last week (Dec. 26 to Jan. 1), up from 431 the previous week (Dec. 19 to 25) and 106 the week before that (Dec. 12 to 18).

Local testing during that time was curtailed due to weather conditions, with Richmond’s only testing site at Vancouver International Airport having closed from Dec. 25 to Jan. 2.

Health officials also reported 3,223 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. today. Since the pandemic began, the province has recorded 273,731 cases.

Of the new cases, 662 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 1,538 in the Fraser Health region, 417 in the Island Health region, 408 in the Interior Health region, 194 in the Northern Health region and four new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are 31,817 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 324 of those people are hospitalized, 90 of whom are in intensive care. 

To date, 9,552,369 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 4,140,207 of those are second doses and 1,042,480 are third doses. 

This means that 92.4 per cent of adults, 92.1 per cent of people aged 12 and older and 88.4 per cent of people aged five and older have received their first dose of a vaccine. In addition, 89.8 per cent of adults, 89.3 per cent of those aged 12 and older and 83.1 per cent of those aged five and older have received two doses; 24.1 per cent of adults and 22.5 per cent of those aged 12-plus have received three doses.

Sadly, there were three new virus-related deaths reported today, bringing that total to 2,430. Of those who died, two lived in the Fraser Health region and one in the Northern Health region.

Health authorities reported 16 new health-care facility outbreaks. There are now active outbreaks at 31 long-term care facilities (including Fraserview Retirement Community in Richmond), one assisted or independent living facility and five acute care facilities.

From Dec. 29 to Jan. 4, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 16.5 per cent of cases. From Dec. 22 to Jan. 4, they accounted for 41.1 per cent of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Dec. 29 to Jan. 4)—Total 23,282

• Not vaccinated: 3,286 (14.1 per cent)

• Partially vaccinated: 548 (2.4 per cent)

• Fully vaccinated: 19,448 (83.5 per cent)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Dec. 22 to Jan. 4)—Total 333

• Not vaccinated: 125 (37.5 per cent)

• Partially vaccinated: 12 (3.6 per cent)

• Fully vaccinated: 196 (58.9 per cent)

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Dec. 29 to Jan. 4)

• Not vaccinated: 487.9

• Partially vaccinated: 191.7

• Fully vaccinated: 423.2

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Dec. 22 to Jan. 4)

• Not vaccinated: 29.5

• Partially vaccinated: 9.0

• Fully vaccinated: 4.2

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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