COVID-19 in B.C.: Official number of active cases tops 20,000; hospitalizations up 4.3 percent; ICU cases rise 10.6 percent

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      The recent wave of COVID-19 cases is being reflected in B.C. hospitals.

      Today, the province reported that 73 people are in intensive care with the disease, up from 66 on December 30. That's a 10.6 percent increase in 24 hours.

      Hospitalizations are up 4.3 percent in a day, rising to 220 from 211 on December 30.

      B.C. reported 3,795 new cases over the past 24 hours, down from yesterday's single day record of 4,383.

      For the first time, B.C. has more than 20,000 active cases. Here is how they are distributed:

      • 1,944 new cases in Fraser Health
        • Total active cases: 9,050
      • 965 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
        • Total active cases: 7,135
      • 320 new cases in Interior Health
        • Total active cases: 1,792
      • 129 new cases in Northern Health
        • Total active cases: 494
      • 434 new cases in Island Health
        • Total active cases: 2,336
      • three new cases of people who reside outside of Canada
        • Total active cases: four

      Three new COVID-19 deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing B.C.'s total to 2,423. The recent fatalities occurred in Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Island Health.

      Amica Douglas House (Island Health) and Kopernik Lodge (Vancouver Coastal Health) are experiencing new outbreaks of COVID-19. They join a growing list of facilities in this situation, including:

      • long-term care:
        • The Oxford Senior Care Home, Fort Langley Seniors Community, AgeCare Harmony Court, New Vista Care Centre, Chartwell Langley Gardens, Chartwell Carlton Gardens, Chartwell Crescent Gardens, Guildford Seniors Village (Fraser Health);
        • Kopernik Lodge (Vancouver Coastal Health);
        • Ridgeview Lodge (Interior Health); and
        • Amica Douglas House (Island Health)
      • acute care:
        • Mission Memorial Hospital (Fraser Health); and
        • Lions Gate Hospital (Vancouver Coastal Health)
      • assisted or independent living:
        • The Waverly Seniors Village (Fraser Health)
      • mental health and substance use:
        • UBC Hospital - Detwiller Pavilion (Vancouver Coastal Health)

      From December 23 to 29, the not fully vaccinated accounted for 16 percent of all COVID-19 cases and 55 percent of all hospitalizations, according to the B.C. government.

      Over the same period, fully vaccinated people accounted for 84 percent of all new cases, with the unvaccinated at 14.3 percent and the partially vaccinated at 1.7 percent.

      When accounting for cases per 100,000, the not vaccinated were at 401.9 and the fully vaccinated 325.8.

      When it came to hospitalizations, the difference was far greater,, with a 13-fold increase for the unvaccinated versus the vaccinated.

      Here are the B.C. government's most recent numbers regarding hospitalizations:

      * 22.2 per 100,000 for the not vaccinated;

      * 2.2 per 100,000 for the partially vaccinated;

      * 1.7 per 100,000 for the fully vaccinated.