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B.C. orders on gatherings, events, some businesses extended

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:22 PST, Mon January 17, 2022

Last Updated: 4:40 PST, Mon January 17, 2022

The B.C. provincial health officer’s orders on gatherings and events, as well as premises that serve food and liquor, have been extended.

This also includes restrictions on gyms and fitness centres, according to a news release from B.C. health officials. An update will be provided during tomorrow’s media briefing.

Health Minister Adrian Dix tweeted that the orders that took effect Dec. 22 had an end date of Jan. 18 at 12:01 a.m.

"This updated order was made to ensure the order remained in place until (provincial health officer) Dr. (Bonnie) Henry spoke about them on Tuesday," he said.

Health officials also reported 5,625 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 299,146 cases.

Of the new cases, 1,155 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 1,884 in the Fraser Health region, 681 in the Island Health region, 1,345 in the Interior Health region, 556 in the Northern Health region and four new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are 35,985 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 819 of those people are hospitalized, 99 of whom are in intensive care. The hospitalization tally has risen by 173 since Friday.

To date, 10,108,113 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 4,155,929 of those are second doses and 1,544,191 are third doses. 

This means that 92.7 per cent of adults, 92.4 per cent of people aged 12 and older and 89.2 per cent of people aged five and older have received their first dose of a vaccine. In addition, 90.1 per cent of adults, 89.6 per cent of those aged 12 and older and 83.4 per cent of those aged five and older have received two doses; 35.7 per cent of adults and 33.3 per cent of those aged 12-plus have received three doses.

Sadly, there were 22 new virus-related deaths reported since Friday, bringing that total to 2,490. Of the new deaths, six people lived in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, nine in the Fraser Health region, three in the Island Health region and four in the Interior Health region.

Health authorities reported eight new health-care facility outbreaks and declared four over. Active outbreaks continue at 40 long-term care facilities, one assisted or independent living facility and nine acute care facilities.

From Jan. 7 to 13, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 22.7 per cent of cases.
From Dec. 31 to Jan. 13, they accounted for 33.7 per cent of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Jan. 7 to 13)—Total 16,478

• Not vaccinated: 3,101 (18.8 per cent)

• Partially vaccinated: 642 (3.9 per cent)

• Fully vaccinated: 12,735 (77.3 per cent)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Dec. 31 to Jan. 13)—Total 809

• Not vaccinated: 235 (29.0 per cent)

• Partially vaccinated: 38 (4.7 per cent)

• Fully vaccinated: 536 (66.3 per cent)

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Jan. 7 to 13)

• Not vaccinated: 444.3

• Partially vaccinated: 201.1

• Fully vaccinated: 369.4

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Dec. 31 to Jan. 13)

• Not vaccinated: 57.3

• Partially vaccinated: 29.9

• Fully vaccinated: 11.5

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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