BCCDC reports 33 COVID deaths, 12 in Island Health

BCCDC reports 33 COVID deaths, 12 in Island Health
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In the latest COVID update, the BCCDC says 33 people died between Aug. 14 and 20, 12 of who were in Island Health.

In the same week, there were 737 PCR confirmed cases reported, 161 in Island Health.

B.C. currently only reports positive results from a PCR test, and 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.

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

On Aug. 25 there were 331 people in the hospital, with 29 in critical care. In Island Health there are 47 people in hospital, three in critical care.

The province conducted 15,604 PCR tests in the past week, Island Health conducted 1,387.

The positivity rate in the province is 15.5 in Island Health on Aug. 20, and 8.5 in the province.

Each week the number of deaths are conditional and subject to change as data is updated.

The province previously reported 24 deaths between Aug. 7 and 13, and have updated that number to 43.

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