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Hospitalizations nearing all-time high

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 5:09 PST, Wed January 12, 2022

Last Updated: 5:18 PST, Wed January 12, 2022

Hospitalizations related to active COVID-19 cases in B.C. have reached their highest number since last April.

Today’s 500 hospitalizations are just 15 shy of the all-time high. Of those in hospital, 102 are in intensive care. In all, there are 36,641 active cases in the province.

B.C. health officials reported 2,859 new cases of COVID-19 today. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 288,939 cases. A B.C. government release notes that the numbers of total and new cases are provisional due to a delayed data refresh and will be verified once confirmed.

Of the new cases, 697 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 982 in the Fraser Health region, 451 in the Island Health region, 534 in the Interior Health region, 195 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

To date, 9,834,018 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 4,148,538 of those are second doses and 1,293,926 are third doses. 

This means that 92.6 per cent of adults, 92.2 per cent of people aged 12 and older and 88.9 per cent of people aged five and older have received their first dose of a vaccine. In addition, 90 per cent of adults, 89.5 per cent of those aged 12 and older and 83.2 per cent of those aged five and older have received two doses; 29.9 per cent of adults and 27.9 per cent of those aged 12-plus have received three doses.

Sadly, there were six new virus-related deaths reported today, bringing that total to 2,455. Of those who died, one lived in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, two in the Fraser Health region, two in the Island Health region and one in the Northern Health region.

Health authorities reported five new health-care facility outbreaks and declared one over. Active outbreaks continue at 39 long-term care facilities (including Richmond’s Fraserview Retirement Community), one assisted or independent living facility and nine acute care facilities.

From Jan. 4 to 10, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 20.1 per cent of cases and from Dec. 28 to Jan. 10, they accounted for 35.9 per cent of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Jan. 4 to 10)—Total 18,737

Not vaccinated: 3,162 (16.9 per cent)

Partially vaccinated: 599 (3.2 per cent)

• Fully vaccinated: 14,976 (79.9 per cent)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Dec. 28 to Jan. 10)—Total 615

• Not vaccinated: 194 (31.5 per cent)

• Partially vaccinated: 27 (4.4 per cent)

• Fully vaccinated: 394 (64.1 per cent)

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

• Not vaccinated: 468.5

• Partially vaccinated: 192.1

• Fully vaccinated: 324.9

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

Not vaccinated: 47.2

• Partially vaccinated: 22.2

• Fully vaccinated: 8.5

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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