Close to 250 COVID-19 sick patients arrived in hospital in B.C. over three days

Rates of hospitalization per 100,000 in B.C. are climbing in all health authorities (except Northern Health and Interior Health)

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Almost 250 people arrived in hospitals in B.C. from Friday to Sunday with COVID-19, as the rate of hospitalizations climbs.

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Figures released on Monday by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control show there have been 13,507 people admitted to hospital since the pandemic began, compared to 13,265 reported on Friday, a difference of 242 over three days.

However, the number of people with COVID-19 occupying hospital beds in the province during the same period climbed only 93 to 431, with 95 of them in intensive care.

This could be because of people recovering from the disease and being discharged. There may also be some people who initially occupied a hospital bed with COVID-19 and are still in hospital but no longer positive, so are no longer counted in COVID-19 hospitalization numbers.

Rates of hospitalization for 100,000 people in B.C. are climbing in all health authorities, except Northern Health and Interior Health, but remain lower overall than during the case peaks in the third and fourth waves of the pandemic. The most hospitalizations in a single day so far in the pandemic was 515 on April 28, 2021.

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There were 6,966 new cases of COVID-19 reported over the weekend with 2,573 on Friday, 2287 on Saturday and 2,106 on Sunday. This is a major understatement of the true number of cases in the province due to testing restrictions. The true number is expected to be closer to 25,000 over the three days.

On Sunday, B.C. tested 11,476 people (about 8,500 tests fewer than capacity) and reported 2,106 cases — a test positive rate of around 18 per cent. Over the past seven days, almost 25 per cent of all tests performed came back positive.

Active cases were reported at 34,551 — or closer to 120,000 based on the provincial health officer’s estimate that true caseloads are between three and four times what is being reported. Three days ago there were 33,184 active cases reported.

There were seven new outbreaks reported in health-care facilities, all long-term care facilities, bringing that total to 43.

Close to one quarter of all adults in B.C. have now received their third booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine or a total of 1,197,440.

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