BA.5 Omicron variant drives increase in B.C. hospitalizations, as residents urged to get boosted – CBC

426 people in hospital, 34 in ICU

Jul 14, 2022

COVID-19 hospitalizations in B.C. are up 15 per cent from last week, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s latest data on the pandemic shared by provincial health authorities on Thursday.

A total of 427 British Columbians are in hospital with the virus, an increase of 57 from last week, with 34 people in critical care, a decrease of two.

The B.C. COVID-19 dashboard is reporting 22 more deaths since last week and 973 new cases, which the province says is an underestimation of the actual number of people with COVID in B.C. due to the limited availability of lab testing,

The latest numbers released by the provincial government encompass the week ending July 9.

B.C. says the weekly numbers are preliminary and are retroactively adjusted due to delays in the count and the new way in which it measures weekly cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

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