B.C. confirms 2,542 new COVID-19 cases, 360 in Island Health

B.C. confirms 2,542 new COVID-19 cases, 360 in Island Health

British Columbia health officials are reporting 2,542 new COVID-19 cases and four new deaths since their last update on Monday.

The new cases bring the total number in B.C. to 266,710 cases, while the death toll has risen 2,427.

Of the new cases, 1,458 were reported in Fraser Health, 329 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 270 in Interior Health, 125 in Northern Health and 360 in Island Health.

However, it should be noted that Tuesday’s figures are not a true reflection of transmission within the province as there have been widespread delays in testing and access to testing has been limited if not impossible for some.

There are currently 27,106 active cases in B.C., with 298 of those individuals in hospital and 86 in ICU.

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Two of the new deaths were recorded in Island health, while the others were in Interior and Northern Health, respectively.

The province says as of Tuesday, 88.3 per cent of eligible people five and older have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while 83 per cent have received their second dose.

From Dec. 23-29, people who were fully vaccinated accounted for 84 per cent of new cases as the highly transmissible Omicron variant spread. From Dec. 16-29 however, people who were not fully vaccinated accounted for 55 per cent of all hospitalizations.

According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, there are currently 61 people hospitalized in Island Health due to COVID-19, with 15 in ICU.


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