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07-2022

COVID-19: BC reports 19 deaths, hospital cases drop for fifth day in a row Nation World News

British Columbia on Friday marked 19 more deaths related to COVID-19, as the number of hospital cases fell for the fifth straight day.

COVID-19: BC reports 19 deaths, hospital cases drop for fifth day in a row Nation World News

B.C. health officials reported 946 people with COVID-19 in hospital, an overnight drop of 39, with 139 cases in critical or intensive care.

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As of Friday, 87.1 percent of British Columbia’s population (90 percent of those eligible) had received a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 81.5 percent of the population (84.2 percent of those eligible) had received two doses, and 43.3 percent of the population was Percentage of the population of the U.S. (48.1 percent of those eligible) had obtained three.

New cases in the past week accounted for 75.1 percent of those fully vaccinated and 68.8 percent of those hospitalized in the past two weeks.

However, unaffiliated people face a much higher risk of serious consequences.

Non-vaccinated people had 88.2 hospitalizations per 100,000 population, compared to 19 hospitalizations among those who were fully vaccinated in the past two weeks.

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Officials also confirmed 1,799 new cases and 25,479 active cases, although they are considered a significant undercount given the current restrictions on testing in the province.

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Earlier on Friday, the independent B.C. COVID-19 Modeling Group released its latest report, saying it had “substantial gaps in data” about the virus.

“All publicly available data streams in BC for monitoring the Omicron epidemic are unreliable, resulting in changing data standards and missing or inaccessible data,” the report said.

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The group said limited testing and varying qualifications, limited reporting of hospital data and a lack of wastewater testing outside the Lower Mainland have made modeling of the fifth wave extremely difficult.

“Accurate, timely and consistent data is needed to understand the progress of the pandemic and the effects of public health measures,” the report said.

“Sharing high quality, anonymized data with the public can build trust and supports a less-polarized discussion around policy.”

Since the start of the pandemic, B.C. has reported a total of 330,942 cases, while 2,675 people have died.


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