The BC health minister says 55 patients in intensive care units in the Northern Health region have been transferred to other health regions in the province.
Of those patients, 43 have tested positive for COVID-19 and 42 are not fully vaccinated, Adrian Dix said at a news conference Tuesday.
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Fourteen patients were flown from northern British Columbia to other health authorities over the long Thanksgiving weekend.
Dix called the situation in northern British Columbia “extremely serious” and said patients had been airlifted to hospitals at Island Health, Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health to ease the strain on the healthcare system at Northern Health. .
Dix said every effort is being made to treat those already in intensive care, adding that vaccination is the key to easing pressure on the province’s health care system.
“For those people who walk around unvaccinated and who could be in those intensive care beds in two or three weeks, I tell you, now is the time, surely, to get vaccinated,” he said.
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Dix said vaccination rates in the province are impressive: 88.8 percent of eligible British Columbia citizens age 12 and older have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 82.6 percent you have received two doses, but they must be higher.
“We need to come together now and raise vaccination levels,” he said.
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