Hospitalizations double in 2 weeks as British Columbia registers 641 new cases of COVID-19 – .

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Hospitalizations double in 2 weeks as British Columbia registers 641 new cases of COVID-19 – .


British Columbia health officials on Tuesday announced 641 new cases of COVID-19, but no additional deaths.
A total of 138 people are hospitalized and 78 people are in intensive care.

Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind peaks and declines in new cases, are up 100% from two weeks ago, when 68 people were hospitalized with the disease.

The number of intensive care patients has increased by about 53% from 51 a week ago.

In a written statement, the province said there are currently 5,357 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in British Columbia.

The distribution of new cases by vaccination between August 16 and 22 is as follows:

  • 2,870 cases or 70.2 percent were among those not vaccinated.
  • 680 cases or 16.6 percent were among those who were fully vaccinated.
  • 541 cases or 13.2 percent were among those partially vaccinated.

The breakdown of new cases ending in hospitalization between August 9 and August 22 is as follows:

  • 108 hospitalizations or 77.7% among unvaccinated people.
  • 20 hospitalizations or 14.4% among fully vaccinated people.
  • 11 hospitalizations or 7.9% among partially vaccinated people.

The provincial death toll from the disease is now 1,801 lives lost. There have been 161,271 confirmed cases to date.

The regional distribution of new cases is as follows:

  • 273 new cases in Interior Health, with a total of 2,054 active cases.
  • 149 new cases at Fraser Health, with a total of 1,223 active cases.
  • 125 new cases at Vancouver Coastal Health, which has a total of 1,330 active cases.
  • 53 new cases at Island Health, which has 430 active cases in total.
  • 39 new cases at Northern Health, which has a total of 308 active cases.
  • There are two new cases among people residing outside of Canada, a group of 12 active cases in total.

There are a total of 11 active outbreaks in assisted living and long-term care. Of these, 10 belong to Interior Health and 1 to Fraser Health. There is an active outbreak in acute care: at Peace Arch Hospital in Fraser Health.

On Tuesday, 83.3% of people aged 12 and over in British Columbia received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75.1% a second dose.

As of Monday, 5,048 people in British Columbia received their first dose of the vaccine – the highest number in 19 days. As of December 2020, the province has administered 7,351,471 doses.

British Columbia Vaccination Cards, Mask Warrant

A province-wide mask mandate will begin Wednesday, August 25.

Anyone over the age of 12 should wear a mask in indoor spaces, including grocery stores, town halls, restaurants, pubs and bars, public transportation, taxis, or office buildings where services to the public are provided.

“We now know that some action still needs to be taken,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, citing the increase in the number of cases in the province.

“The mask mandate is one of those extra layers that we put on as we go through the fall. “

On Monday, the provincial government announced a plan to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for anyone wishing to attend a concert, sporting event, movie, restaurant, nightclub, casino or class of fitness.

The new “British Columbia Vaccination Cards” will be implemented on September 13th.

Initially, eligible British Columbians will need to prove they have a dose of the vaccine. By October 24, two doses will be needed. The cards will be needed for a wide range of non-essential recreational and social activities.

They will not be required in grocery stores or other retail locations. They will also not be needed to enter a place of worship.

There will be an exemption for children under 12, but not for people who cannot receive the vaccine for health or religious reasons.

Back to school plans

Kindergarten to Grade 12 students will return to full-time in-person classes in September, with staff and students in Grades 4 and up required to wear masks in indoor spaces.

Younger people will be encouraged to wear masks.

There will be no learning groups or cohorts for the 2021/2022 school year.

Health authorities may introduce additional regional measures, specific to each school or school district, if community transmission rates are higher in that region, the province said.

COVID-19 hospitalizations 17 times higher for unvaccinated people

The fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the province primarily affects those who are not vaccinated.

New data from the B.C. government shows that of the 113 new hospitalizations for COVID-19 between August 10 and August 16, 95 were completely unvaccinated people, compared to 12 people who were fully vaccinated, and six who had received one. dose of COVID. -19 vaccine.

This equates to 6.56 per 100,000 unvaccinated people in British Columbia who were hospitalized that week, compared to 0.37 per 100,000 who were fully vaccinated – a rate of unvaccinated people that is 17.7 times. higher than those that are.

British Columbians aged 12 and over who have not yet been immunized can register in three ways:

People can also be vaccinated at walk-in clinics across the province.

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