B.C.’s COVID-19 update for Jan. 17
British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer’s orders on gatherings and events, and food- and liquor-serving premises, have been extended, including restrictions on gyms and fitness centres. No other details were provided this evening. The government will provide an update Jan. 18.
Over a three-day period, B.C. is reporting 5,625 new cases of COVID-19, including six epi-linked cases, for a total of 299,146 cases in the province.
Jan. 14-15: 2,383 new cases; Jan. 15-16: 1,733 new cases; Jan. 16-17: 1,509 new cases.
There are 35,985 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 257,677 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 819 COVID-positive individuals are in hospital and 99 are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
The new/active cases include:
* 1,345 new cases in Interior Health (total active cases: 5,192);
* 1,884 new cases in Fraser Health (total active cases: 17,789);
* 1,155 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (total active cases: 9,276);
* 556 new cases in Northern Health (total active cases: 1,645);
* 681 new cases in Island Health (total active cases: 2,068).
In the past 72 hours, 22 new deaths have been reported, for a total of 2,490.
The new deaths include four in Interior Health, nine in Fraser Health, six in Vancouver Coastal Health and three in Island Health.
There have been eight new health-care facility outbreaks at: Heritage Square (Interior Health); Mayfair Senior Living + Care, MSA Manor (Fraser Health; Salvation Army Sunset Lodge, James Bay Care Centre, The Heights at Mt. View, Luther Court and Selkirk Village Assisted Living (Island Health).
The outbreaks at Royal Columbian Hospital, The Waverly Seniors Village, Glenwood Seniors Community (Fraser Health) and German Canadian Benevolent Society Home (Vancouver Coastal Health) have been declared over, for a total of 50 facilities with ongoing outbreaks.
As of Monday, Jan. 17, 89.2% (4,447,145) of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.4% (4,155,929) have received their second dose.
In addition, 92.4% (4,281,923) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 89.6% (4,155,444) received their second dose and 33.3% (1,544,191) have received a third dose.
Also, 92.7% (4,011,270) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose, 90.1% (3,897,871) have received their second dose and 35.7% (1,542,958) have received a third dose.
From Jan. 7-13, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 22.7% of cases. From Dec. 31 to Jan. 13, they accounted for 33.7% of hospitalizations.
Past week cases (Jan. 7-13) – Total 16,478
* Not vaccinated: 3,101 (18.8%)
* Partially vaccinated: 642 (3.9%)
* Fully vaccinated: 12,735 (77.3%)
Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Dec. 31 to Jan. 13) – Total 809
* Not vaccinated: 235 (29.0%)
* Partially vaccinated: 38 (4.7%)
* Fully vaccinated: 536 (66.3%)
Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Jan. 7-13)
* Not vaccinated: 444.3
* Partially vaccinated: 201.1
* Fully vaccinated: 369.4
Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Dec. 31 to Jan. 13)
* Not vaccinated: 57.3
* Partially vaccinated: 29.9
* Fully vaccinated: 11.5
Since December 2020, the province has administered 10,108,113 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines.
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