British Columbia public health teams reported 768 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, continuing an upward trend in infections, hospitalizations and deaths this week.
As of September 17, 298 people hospitalized with coronavirus-related illnesses, up seven in the past 24 hours, and 135 of those in intensive care, up one from Thursday. There have been 11 additional deaths reported, continuing an upward trend in deaths from COVID-19, which has claimed 1,888 lives in British Columbia since the start of the pandemic. Four of Friday’s deaths were in the Vancouver Coastal Health area, five in Interior Health and two in Fraser Health.
From September 9 to 15, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 75.9% of cases and from September 2 to 15, they accounted for 86.2% of hospitalizations. After controlling for age, unvaccinated people are 35.1 times more likely to be hospitalized than those fully vaccinated, according to calculations by the British Columbia Ministry of Health.
As of September 17, 86.5% (4,008,076) of eligible people aged 12 and over in British Columbia had received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 78.9% (3,659,495) had received their second dose .
British Columbia health authorities continue to run appointment and walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics across the province. A full list of clinic locations and hours by region can be found here. Registration and appointment scheduling in British Columbia can be done here, or by calling 1-833-838-2323 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. seven days a week.
New active cases by region for September 17:
• 239 new cases at Fraser Health, 1,846 active
• 83 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,043 active
• 183 new cases in internal health, 1,499 active
• 161 new cases at Northern Health, 933 active
• 102 new cases at Island Health, 700 active
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