COVID-19 in B.C.: An additional 34 patients in hospital, seven new deaths, but no change in intensive-care-unit caseload

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      The B.C government's latest COVID-19 update shows another rise in the number of people hospitalized over a 24-hour period. But there's been no increase in the number of people in intensive care.

      As of January 13, there are a record 534 people in hospital as a result of COVID-19 and 102 in intensive care.

      On January 12, there were 500 in hospital due to COVID-19.

      The province has reported 2,554 new cases over the past 24 hours, though that number likely underestimates the true total because of testing-capacity limitations in B.C.

      Similarly, there are 36,049 official active cases in B.C., though  that number is also likely much higher for the same reason.

      There were seven new deaths attributable to COVID-19 over the last day, bringing the provincewide total to 2,462 since March 2020.

      "There have been five new health-care facility outbreaks at Lakeview Lodge, Hamlets in Vernon, Brocklehurst Gemstone (Interior Health), Dufferin Place and Beacon Hill Villa (Island Health)," the B.C. government revealed.

      In total, there are 53 outbreaks in facilities across B.C., including in Surrey Memorial Hospital, Eagle Ridge Hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital, Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Langley Memorial Hospital, Laurel Place, Burnaby Hospital, and Peace Arch Hospital in Fraser Health.