Omicron cases jump to 145 in Island Health, Province reports 789 total

Omicron cases jump to 145 in Island Health, Province reports 789 total
Province of BC

British Columbia health officials are reporting 789 new cases of COVID-19 for the entire province on Thursday, with 147 linked to the Island Health region.

Within the Island Health region, there is currently a total of 975 active COVID-19 cases.

A deeper look into the numbers shows that the Province is saying that Island Health is the authority with the most Omicron variant cases reported at this time.

In total, there have been 302 Omicron cases reported with 145 of those within the Island Health region.

The next highest total belongs to Vancouver Coastal with 93.

Among the other authorities, Fraser Health has 58 cases, Interior Health has five and Northern Health has one.

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In a statement released to the media, Dr. Bonnie Henry says that 191 are in hospital with 74 people in critical care as a result of the virus. There are currently 4,313 active cases in British Columbia.

Since Wednesday’s numbers, there have been 286 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 186 in the Fraser Health region, 137 in the Island Health region, 131 in the Interior Health region, 39 in the Northern Health region and no new cases for people who reside outside of Canada.

There was three additional death related to the virus in the past 24 hours, with none of them being in the Island Health region. That brings the provincial death total over the course of the pandemic to 2,399.

Also as of Thursday, the total number of cases in British Columbia over the course of the pandemic has reached 225,785.

As for the Province’s total vaccination program, B.C. has now administered a total of 9,101,805 doses of COVID-19 immunizations.

Health officials say that equates to first doses for 92.0 per cent of all eligible adult British Columbians and 91.6 per cent of all eligible people 12 and older.

In addition, 89.2 per cent of all eligible adults have received their second dose, totalling 3,859,565 residents and 16 per cent of the population has received a third dose (687,413 people).

From Dec. 9-15, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 42.8% of cases and rom Dec. 2-15, they accounted for 71.6% of hospitalizations.

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