Another 649 cases of COVID-19 and 13 related deaths have been recorded in British Columbia, the health ministry said in its last update of the week on Friday.
The latest figures leave the province’s seven-day average for new infections at 638 per day and the seven-day average for deaths at 7.7 per day.
British Columbia’s average case remains the second highest of any province or territory in Canada, behind Alberta.
There are now 5,106 active cases of COVID-19 across the province with 365 infectious patients hospitalized, including 143 in intensive care. The government does not provide the number of non-infectious coronavirus patients who remain in the hospital on a daily basis.
The unvaccinated continue to account for the majority of infections and hospitalizations, although they make up less than 20% of B.C.’s population, including those under the age of 12 who are therefore ineligible for the ‘one of the approved vaccines.
A table provided by Health Minister Adrian Dix on Twitter indicates that 83% of intensive care patients have not received a single dose of the vaccine, including 20 of the 21 patients who are under 40.
According to the ministry, the unvaccinated were infected at a rate of 311.3 cases per 100,000 population between October 14 and 20, after adjusting for age. Fully vaccinated people were infected at a rate of 36.7 per 100,000.
The unvaccinated were hospitalized at a rate of 55.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants from October 7 to 20, after adjustment for age, against 2.3 per 100,000 among the vaccinated.
To date, 89.4% of eligible BC residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 83.9% have received both.
Earlier this week, officials revealed that cases among unvaccinated school-aged children, which saw a dramatic increase after the start of the fall semester, had declined. However, the case rate remains higher than any other age group.
Next week, health officials are lifting capacity limits for most areas of the province, meaning events such as Vancouver Canucks games can sell all seats, provided everyone is in. inside is vaccinated. The limits will remain in place for Fraser East and parts of Interior Health and Northern Health, which are subject to local restrictions targeted on COVID-19.
The government had no new outbreaks in health facilities to announce on Friday, and the one at Cooper Place has ended, leaving 25 outbreaks active in B.C.’s health care system.