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BC reported 18 deaths from COVID-19 in 24 hours but 47 fewer people in hospital. Nation World News

B.C. health officials on Wednesday reported 988 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 136 in intensive care, as the province reported 18 more deaths from the disease and 1,776 new cases.

The new numbers represent a decrease of 47 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital within the last 24 hours, which includes three fewer patients in ICU.

Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind spikes and dips in new cases, are up 4.1 percent from last Wednesday, when 949 people were in hospital with the disease.

Due to a data reporting change introduced on January 14, month-to-month hospitalization comparisons will not be available again until February 14.

The number of patients in intensive care is the same as a week ago and 86.3 percent higher than a month ago when 73 people were in the ICU.

Experts say hospitalization is a more accurate barometer of the disease’s impact, as the number of new cases in B.C. is likely to be much higher than reported, now that the province has hit its testing limit due to an omicron surge. Have given.

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There are currently 25,959 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in BC

The provincial death toll from COVID-19 has so far taken 2,643 lives out of 327,625 confirmed cases.

With the outbreak announced at the Veterans Memorial Lodge in Victoria, there are a total of 54 active outbreaks in assisted living, long-term and acute care facilities.

Acute care outbreaks include:

  • Langley Memorial Hospital.
  • Victoria General Hospital.
  • Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
  • Couchon District Hospital.
  • Kelowna General Hospital.

As of Wednesday, 90 percent of people five and older in B.C. had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 84.1 percent had received a second dose.

From January 25 to 31, those who were not fully vaccinated accounted for 25.2 percent of cases and from January 18 to 31, they hospitalized 31.7 percent, according to the province.

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A total of 2.17 million people have received the booster shot so far.

Peak hospitalization

BC was setting daily highs in hospitalization figures for most of January, due to the highly permeable Omicron variant. On Monday, the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 in BC crossed 1,000 for the first time.

However, health officials say hospitalizations are peaking and should start to decrease.

Provincial health official Dr. Bonnie Henry presented new numbers at a news conference on Tuesday that indicate Omicron is causing less severe disease than the delta version.

She said hospitalized patients are dying at about half the rate during the delta wave, although the highest risk of death still involves people over the age of 80.

Henry also announced changes to visitation rules for long-term care facilities on Tuesday. Two visitors at a time will now be allowed as long as they are vaccinated and wearing personal protective equipment.

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