Slow decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations in B.C. continues – CBC

Province reports 305 people in hospital with COVID-19 as of Thursday, 22 in critical care

Sep 22, 2022

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says COVID-19 hospitalizations dipped slightly over the past week, continuing a general downward trend that started in late July.

According to the BCCDC, there are 305 people in hospital with COVID-19, down three per cent from the week before, with 22 people in critical care — a reduction of one.

B.C. health authorities reported 22 new deaths linked to COVID-19, bringing the total number of COVID-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,253.

The government says the weekly numbers it shares are preliminary and are often changed retroactively due to delays in the count and a new method the province uses to measure weekly cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Deaths are now calculated based on whether they occurred within 30 days of a positive COVID-19 test, whether or not the coronavirus has been confirmed as the underlying cause. The centre says it is evaluating the cause of each person’s death retroactively to better understand “true COVID-19 mortality.”

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