COVID-19 hospitalizations in BC drop below 300, with 19 patients in ICU | CBC News

The number of intensive care patients with COVID-19 has fallen below 20 as the downward trend in hospitalizations continues, according to the latest data from the province.

As of Wednesday, 276 people with COVID are hospitalized, including 19 in intensive care, according to the BC COVID-19 dashboard.

That’s a decline in overall hospitalizations of about 15 percent from last Thursday, when the province reported 325 people in hospital. The number of ICU patients is less than half what it was two weeks ago, when the province had 41 people with COVID in intensive care.

The government says its weekly figures are preliminary. It has been adjusting them retroactively because of counting delays and the new way it measures weekly cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

The numbers released Thursday are part of a relatively recent shift in approach by BC health officials, both in the switch to weekly reports and in the way certain metrics are calculated.

Much of the province’s data is in a weekly report from the BC Center for Disease Controlwhich includes cases, hospital admissions and deaths, though all of those numbers are at least five days old.

The province reports 50 deaths between June 5 and 11. That number, which is reported differently than in the past, includes the death of anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 30 days, whether or not they were sick. confirmed as a contributing factor in his death.

The death toll is also likely to change significantly by next week.

During the latest reporting period, the province said 43 people had died between May 29 and June 4. That number is now 57, an increase of almost a third.

This week’s BCCDC report shows that 726 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded between June 5 and 11, a decrease of about 19 percent from the 895 reported the previous week. The latest figures, which are based solely on reported laboratory results, bring the total number of reported cases to 373,336.

Due to the limited availability of laboratory tests, the province says the case count underestimates the true number of people with COVID-19 in BC. Rapid home test results are not included in the weekly numbers.

Positivity rates decreased or remained stable in all health authorities from May 29 to June 4, according to the BC Center for Disease Control COVID-19 Situation Reportranging from 7.7 percent at Northern Health to 18.8 percent at Island Health.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, has said that anything above a five per cent test positivity rate indicates a more concerning level of transmission.

The data shows a decrease in viral loads in four of the five wastewater plants in Metro Vancouver.

Viral loads on Annacis Island are half what they were seven weeks ago, while Northwest Langley has seen an 81 percent decline in six weeks. Loads at Iona Island have fallen 47 per cent in the last two weeks, while Lions Gate has seen a 54 per cent drop in the last four weeks.

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