COVID hospitalizations increased by 3 per cent Thursday.
The province is reporting 2,033 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. in the past 24 hours, bringing the province's active cases to 29,556. Of these cases, 977 people are now hospitalized, an increase of 28 since Wednesday. Of these, 141 people are now being treated in intensive care, a drop of three.
Active cases in the province continued to drop, by 502 since Wednesday.
Of Thursday's new cases, 539 came from the Interior. There are now 7,669 active cases in the region.
Another 13 new COVID deaths have been reported throughout B.C. in the past 24 hours, including one in the Interior, seven in Fraser Health, four in Vancouver Coastal Health and one in Island Health. To date, 2,575 British Columbians have died after contracting COVID-19.
The new/active cases include:
- 685 new cases in Fraser Health — Total active cases: 12,351
- 378 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health — Total active cases: 6,614
- 539 new cases in Interior Health — Total active cases: 7,669
- 165 new cases in Northern Health — Total active cases: 1,147
- 266 new cases in Island Health — Total active cases: 1,768
There have been two new healthcare facility outbreaks in B.C., but the outbreak at Kelowna General Hospital has been declared over. There are now 62 ongoing outbreaks at healthcare facilities across the province.
In the past 24 hours, 44,545 doses of the vaccine were administered in B.C. As of Thursday, 89.7% of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.7% have received their second dose. To date, 43% of all eligible people 12 and older have received their third booster dose.
The province says due to a “delayed refresh in data,” updates on cases and hospitalizations by vaccination status are unavailable Thursday.