Hospitalizations Hit 5-Month High as British Columbia Expands Access to Vaccine Recalls – .

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Hospitalizations Hit 5-Month High as British Columbia Expands Access to Vaccine Recalls – .


Vancouver –

The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in British Columbia has peaked in five months, the province revealed shortly after announcing expanded access to booster vaccines.

There are 390 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 155 in intensive care, according to Tuesday’s update from the Department of Health. This is the highest number of hospitalizations since May 13, when there were 413 coronavirus patients in treatment.

The government also announced 457 more COVID-19 cases and two related deaths, leaving the province’s seven-day average for infections at 591 per day and the seven-day average for deaths at 6.14 per day. Both numbers have been trending down in recent days.

Again, Northern Health recorded the highest number of infections per capita. The latest cases were distributed as follows:

  • Northern Health – 82 cases, a rate of 28.8 per 100,000 population
  • Internal health – 83 cases, a rate of 10 per 100,000 inhabitants
  • Fraser Health – 176 cases, a rate of 9.2 per 100,000 population
  • Island Health – 55 cases, a rate of 6.4 per 100,000 population
  • Vancouver Coastal Health – 61 cases, a rate of 5.1 per 100,000 population

According to the ministry, another 591 people have also recovered from COVID-19, bringing the number of active cases in the province to 4,829, from 4,966 on Monday.

Tuesday’s update shows once again that the majority of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and intensive care visits involve unvaccinated people. About 86 of the intensive care patients have not received a single dose of the vaccine, according to a table shared by Health Minister Adrian Dix on Twitter, including 41 of the 42 patients who are under 50.

Just under 90 percent of eligible BC residents received at least one dose of the vaccine and almost 85 percent received two.

Earlier Tuesday, Dix and provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry confirmed that the province is offering booster shots to several vulnerable groups before the end of the year and expanding access to the general population to from January.

Authorities had previously decided to provide a third injection to some elderly people in care, whose bodies would have developed weaker antibody responses after vaccination, leading to a new wave of epidemics in these settings.

There are currently 28 active outbreaks in British Columbia’s health care system, according to the ministry, including 23 in long-term care homes and assisted living facilities.

Henry said emerging data indicates that immunity also declines over time in the general population, but that a booster could offer long-lasting protection. She stressed, however, that a third injection should not be necessary for the general population during this winter respiratory season.

“Most of us have good, strong protection and we don’t need a booster right now, but next spring it’s something we should consider,” he said. she declared.

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