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Five COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours; hospitalizations drop

Two new outbreaks in health facilities, while intensive care cases have dropped from 120 to 113.
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A COVID-19 patient receives supplemental oxygen in hospital.

There have been five more COVID-19 deaths since Thursday, though hospitalization numbers continue to decline.

The BC provincial health office Friday reported the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 has dropped from Thursday's 744 to 733, and intensive care cases have dropped from 120 to 113. Five people have died since yesterday, bringing the total death toll to 2,786.

B.C. is reporting 692 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 343,631 to date, since the beginning for the pandemic two years ago.

There have been two new health-care facility outbreaks at Langley Memorial Hospital and Menno Home (Fraser Health). An outbreak at Queen's Park Care Centre (Fraser Health) has been declared over. There are currently 33 health care or long-term care facilities with ongoing outbreaks.

Earlier today, Canada's top public health officer, Therasa Tam, said Canada is now past its peak for infections from the Omicron variant.

As of Friday, 90.5% (4,509,718) of British Columbians aged five or older have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 85.6% (4,266,168) have received their second dose, and 53.9% (2,497,228) of those 12 or older have received a booster.

There are three acute care facilities in B.C. with ongoing outbreaks: Burnaby Hospital, Langley Memorial Hospital and Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Long-term care facilities with ongoing active outbreaks, by health region, are:

  • Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre, Menno Home (Fraser Health) 
  • Pinegrove Care Centre, Poplar Ridge, Noric House, Glenmore Lodge, Trinity Care Centre, Ponderosa, Castleview Care Centre, Overlander Residential Care, Mountainview Village, Three Links Manor (Interior Health)
  • Wexford Creek, Sidney Care Home, Eden Gardens, Kiwanis Village Lodge, Salvation Army Sunset Lodge, Sunset Lodge, Amica on the Gorge, Tsawaayuus Rainbow Gardens, Berwick on The Lake, Chemainus Health Care Centre, Selkirk Seniors Village, Sunridge Place, Nanaimo Seniors Village, Sluggett House, Glacier View Lodge, Rest Haven Lodge, Sidney All Care and The Heights at Mt. View (Island Health)