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COVID-related hospitalizations hit record number

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:50 PST, Thu January 13, 2022

Last Updated: 4:05 PST, Thu January 13, 2022

B.C. reported its highest ever number of COVID-related hospitalizations today at 534.

This number only includes people considered to have active cases. Of those in hospital, 102 are in intensive care; in all, there are 36,049 active cases across the province.

Health officials also reported 2,554 new cases of COVID-19 today. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 291,246 cases.

Of the new cases, 485 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 885 in the Fraser Health region, 412 in the Island Health region, 462 in the Interior Health region, 304 in the Northern Health region and six new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

Richmond cases dipped slightly last week (Jan. 2 to 8) to 514, down from 563 the previous week (Dec. 26 to Jan. 1). 

To date, 9,897,611 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 4,150,713 of those are second doses and 1,352,152 are third doses. 

This means that 92.6 per cent of adults, 92.3 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, 90.0 per cent of adults, 89.5 per cent of those aged 12 and older and 83.3 per cent of those aged five and older have received two doses; 31.2 per cent of adults and 29.2 per cent of those aged 12-plus have received three doses.

Sadly, there were seven new virus-related deaths reported today, bringing that total to 2,462. Of those who died, four lived 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 43 long-term care facilities (including Richmond’s Fraserview Retirement Community), one assisted or independent living facilities and nine acute care facilities. 

The number of health-care outbreaks has climbed quickly, from one outbreak three weeks ago to 53 today. The number peaked at 66 (58 in long-term care, assisted or independent living facilities and eight in acute care facilities) in December 2020.

From Jan. 5 to 11, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 21.0 per cent of cases. From Dec. 29 to Jan. 11, they accounted for 34.5 per cent of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Jan. 5 to 11)—Total 18,062

• Not vaccinated: 3,160 (17.5 per cent)

• Partially vaccinated: 637 (3.5 per cent)

• Fully vaccinated: 14,265 (79.0 per cent)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Dec. 29 to Jan. 11)—Total 677

• Not vaccinated: 206 (30.4 per cent)

• Partially vaccinated: 28 (4.1 per cent)

• Fully vaccinated: 443 (65.4 per cent)

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Jan. 5 to 11)

• Not vaccinated: 470.1

• Partially vaccinated: 198.4

• Fully vaccinated: 309.3

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Dec. 29 to Jan. 11)

• Not vaccinated: 49.7

• Partially vaccinated: 22.8

• Fully vaccinated: 9.5

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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