BC COVID19 February 24 update: Hospitalizations down again

Nine new deaths bring the pandemic death toll in British Columbia to 2,840.

The number of COVID-19 patients in British Columbia hospitals has fallen to 612.

This stems from the drop in every government data update since February 7. It’s also the lowest total since Jan. 13, the day before the province expanded how it counts hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

The new way of counting these patients includes those who have passed more than 10 days since the first feeling of symptoms and are therefore no longer considered infectious, as well as those who contracted the disease while hospitalized for another reason. Expanded numbers also include people who normally reside outside of British Columbia

Health officials say they think the peak of the wave of Omicron variant infections is long past and hospitalizations should continue to decline.

Of the COVID-19 patients in hospitals, 102 are in intensive care units (ICUs) – the fewest since January 17.

Nine other people have lost their lives to the disease in the past 24 hours, according to the government. This brings the death toll from the pandemic in the province to 2,840.

The government has not revealed any demographic details of those who have died of COVID-19 overnight, but provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry said yesterday that most recent deaths from COVID-19 have been in people who had underlying conditions and were older.

She added that young people are dying too.

“In the past few days we have had four people in their 40s who died of COVID-19 [in B.C.,]said Henry. “It’s important. It reminds us that everyone has risks. Right now we still have high levels of transmission, and if you don’t have the protection that the vaccine gives you, there is a possibility of having more serious illness and ending up in hospital. . »

Health officials have told vaccinated people with mild symptoms to self-isolate and not get tested in order to reserve testing capacity for those with more severe cases or who are clinically vulnerable. As a result, Henry called the case count data “not accurate” and the province stopped reporting data on how many people in B.C. they believe are actively infected and how many people are getting infected. would be restored.

The province is still reporting the number of new suspected cases, and in the past 24 hours authorities have confirmed 597 new cases.

At least 346,793 British Columbians are thought to have contracted COVID-19 since the first case was detected in late January 2020.

There are 29 active outbreaks in health care facilities and seniors’ residences, the same number as yesterday. No new outbreaks have been declared and no outbreaks have been declared over.

Between February 16 and February 22, people not fully vaccinated with two doses accounted for 20.6% of cases, according to government data. Between February 9 and February 22, these people accounted for 33.4% of hospitalizations.

Provincial data shows that 4,513,956 eligible B.C. residents over the age of five have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 4,287,016 are considered fully vaccinated with two doses.

Henry noted yesterday that the number of those receiving a booster or third shots of the vaccine has ‘dropped’. Indeed, only 6,399 of these snaps were provided in the last 24 hours, for a total of 2,555,669.

Statistics Canada data released this month indicates that in the 2021 census, the population of British Columbia increased by 7.6% between 2016 and 2021, and the new total number of residents is 5,000,879. .

Glacier Media’s calculation is therefore that almost 90.3% of the total population of British Columbia received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 85.7% of the total population of the province received two doses. . More than 51.1% received their booster doses. •

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