B.C. reports 59 COVID deaths; 540 people in hospital

B.C. reports 59 COVID deaths; 540 people in hospital
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In the latest COVID data, B.C. health officials say there were 59 people who died and 540 people in hospital.

Between May 8 and May 14 there were 334 people admitted to hospital with COVID.

In the same week, 59 people died within 30 days of a COVID test, though both the number of deaths and hospital admissions are preliminary numbers and subject to change.

The province has now surpassed 3,000 deaths, with a total of 3,002 COVID deaths since January 2020.

In Island Health, there were 34 hospital admissions, and eight people who died.

There were 1,645 people who tested positive on a PCR test in the province, and 267 in Island Health.

The province conducted 24,126 PCR tests and Island Health conducted 2,057.

B.C. does not have a way for people to report rapid test results and does not include rapid test results in COVID updates.

Currently, only immunocompromised people, people with high-risk conditions, people 70 or older, people who aren’t fully vaccinated, or people whose medical care may be affected by a positive result are eligible for PCR tests.

Island Health’s positivity rate is now at 16.4, and the province is at 9.7.

In the previous COVID release, the number of hospital admissions and deaths has increased.

Previously, the province reported 331 hospital admissions between May 01 and May 07, and that number has now been updated to 391.

In the same week, the province reported 59 deaths, and have now updated that number to 84.

Laura BroughamLaura Brougham

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