B.C. reports an estimated 1,446 new COVID-19 cases

B.C. reports an estimated 1,446 new COVID-19 cases

British Columbia health officials in a press release issued to the media reported an estimated 1,446 new COVID-19 cases, including 163 linked to Vancouver Island, since their last update on Jan. 24.

There was also one death recorded in the past 24 hours.

The total number of cases in B.C. climbs to an estimated 314,522 cases while the death toll stands at 2,554.

However, the press release notes that the new cases and total case numbers are “provisional due to a delayed data refresh.”

There are currently 32,468 active cases in the province, including 1,679 in Island Health, and 985 COVID-positive individuals in hospital — 144 of whom are in intensive care. The total number of people in hospital across the province decreased by two individuals over the past 24 hours.

According to new data from health officials, between Jan. 17 and Jan. 23, fully vaccinated people — those with two doses — accounted for 71.5 per cent of all new cases recorded during that period while unvaccinated people accounted for 22.8 per cent of cases.

When it comes to hospitalizations over the past two weeks, fully vaccinated people accounted for 70.4 per cent while unvaccinated people accounted for just a quarter of all hospitalizations recorded during the same period.

Meanwhile, the latest information on the BCCDC website shows that there are 100 people in Island Health hospitalized with COVID-19, including 13 in critical care.

Editor’s note: Active cases are likely far greater than the figures provided to the media. This is because B.C. health officials have routinely discouraged people from getting tested and for many people, access to testing is extremely difficult, if not impossible. Rapid test results are also not included in figures released to the media. Additionally, health officials have also previously stated that cases and active cases are likely four to five times higher than what is being reported to the media and publicly.


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