COVID-19 hospitalizations rise for first time this year while ICU numbers drop 40 per cent – CBC

Province says there were 193 people in hospital Thursday and 15 in critical care

Feb 16, 2023

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 across British Columbia increased slightly following several weeks of decline, while the number of patients in critical care fell 40 per cent.

According to the latest weekly report from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), as of Thursday, 193 people are in hospital with the virus, five more than the week before.

It’s the first time this year the province has recorded a rise in hospitalizations. The year started with 356 people in hospital with COVID-19 as of Jan. 5.

Fifteen people are in critical care, compared to 25 the week prior.

As of Feb. 11, the province says there have been 13 new deaths among people who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last month, bringing the total number of deaths in B.C. linked to the virus since the start of the pandemic to 5,157.

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