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COVID-19 in B.C. today: 2,150 cases, 15 deaths

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:12 PST, Thu January 20, 2022

B.C. health officials reported 2,150 new cases of COVID-19 today. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 305,715 cases.

Of the new cases, 454 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 576 in the Fraser Health region, 354 in the Island Health region, 563 in the Interior Health region, 203 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

Locally, cases in Richmond dropped to 302 last week (Jan. 9 to 15), down from 514 the previous week (Jan. 2 to 8). However, the province currently recommends that most people with mild symptoms—those that can be managed at home—should not get tested. Positive results obtained from rapid antigen tests are not reported by the province.

There are 34,835 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 891 of those people are hospitalized, 119 of whom are in intensive care. 

To date, 10,276,540 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 4,161,148 of those are second doses and 1,700,206 are third doses. 

This means that 92.8 per cent of adults, 92.5 per cent of people aged 12 and older and 89.4 per cent of people aged five and older have received their first dose of a vaccine. In addition, 90.2 per cent of adults, 89.8 per cent of those aged 12 and older and 83.5 per cent of those aged five and older have received two doses; 39.3 per cent of adults and 36.7 per cent of those aged 12-plus have received three doses.

Sadly, there were 15 new virus-related deaths reported today, bringing that total to 2,520. This is the highest single-day count in nearly a year and brings the total number to 58 in the last seven days.

Of those who died, four lived in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, five in the Fraser Health region, four in the Island Health region and two in the Interior Health region.

Health authorities reported eight new health-care facility outbreaks and declared six over. Active outbreaks continue at 47 long-term care facilities, one assisted or independent living facility and 10 acute care facilities.

From Jan. 12 to 18, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 27.0 per cent of cases.
From Jan. 5 to 18, they accounted for 31.0 per cent of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Jan. 12 to 18)—Total 14,677

• Not vaccinated: 3,264 (22.2 per cent)

• Partially vaccinated: 703 (4.8 per cent)

• Fully vaccinated: 10,710 (73.0 per cent)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Jan. 5 to 18)—Total 1,112

• Not vaccinated: 290 (26.1 per cent)

• Partially vaccinated: 55 (4.9 per cent)

• Fully vaccinated: 767 (69.0 per cent)

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Jan. 12 to 18)

• Not vaccinated: 420.1

• Partially vaccinated: 191.4

• Fully vaccinated: 302.3

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Jan. 5 to 18)

• Not vaccinated: 72.1

• Partially vaccinated: 44.5

• Fully vaccinated: 16.5

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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