B.C. reports 596 COVID hospitalizations, 59 people who died

B.C. reports 596 COVID hospitalizations, 59 people who died
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In the May 19 COVID update, the province provided updated numbers bringing the number of hospital admissions to 391 and deaths to 84. The updated numbers can be viewed here.

This story has been preserved in its original form as it was based on the numbers CHEK News was provided at the time.


In B.C., there are currently 596 people in the hospital with COVID-19, 54 of whom are in critical care.

There are 73 people in the hospital with COVID in Island Health, and three in critical care.

Between May 1 and May 7, there were 331 hospital admissions and 59 people who died, though both numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

In Island Health, there were 13 people who died and 40 hospital admissions.

In the same week, 1,987 people tested positive with a PCR test, which is a decrease from the previous week when 2,283 people tested positive.

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.

There were 25,496 PCR tests conducted in the province last week, and 2,387 in Island Health.

The positivity rate in the province is currently 10.6, and in Island Health it is 19.9.

For updated numbers from Apr. 24 to Apr. 30, B.C. previously reported there were 50 people who died, but updated that number to 68 deaths.

In the same week, the province reported 375 people admitted to the hospital and updated that number to 434.

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