B.C. reports 240 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths

B.C. reports 240 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths
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B.C. health officials Thursday reported 240 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths, including one in the Island Health region, since their last update on March 16.

Of the new cases, 41 were in Island Health, 52 were in Vancouver Coastal Health, 66 were in Interior Health and 34 were in Northern Health.

Currently, there are 298 people hospital with COVID-19 in B.C., 49 of whom are in critical care.

More than 11.4 million doses of vaccine have been administered in B.C. and nearly 91 per cent of all eligible individuals 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. Furthermore, 93.4 per cent of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 90.9 per cent received their second dose and 56.8 per cent have received a third dose.

New data from the provincial government shows that people not fully vaccinated accounted for 16.5 per cent of all cases recorded in B.C. between March 9-15 and they accounted for 27.6 per cent of all hospitalizations recorded between March 2-15.

However, on a per capita basis, unvaccinated individuals accounted for the majority of cases and hospitalizations. According to data from the province, between March 9-15 unvaccinated individuals accounted for 63 cases per 100,000 after adjusting for age. They also accounted for the majority of hospitalizations (30 per 100,000) between March 2-15.

The total number of confirmed cases in B.C. is now at 353,379 while the death toll now stands at 2,960.


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