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BC shatters COVID-19 case count, numbers spike in Kootenay/Boundary

Fernie, Cranbrook and Nelson, with 39, 38 and 31 new COVID-19 cases, respectively, are the highest in the region with Castlegar reporting 28 and Trail 26.

The spike in new COVID-19 cases in BC is not just reserved for the Lower Mainland, but also the Southern Interior, including the Kootenays, the recent map of cases by local health area released by the BC Centre of Disease Control shows.

The Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by local health area of case residence map for December 19-25 shows the Kootenay/Boundary up significantly from the week prior.

Fernie, Cranbrook and Nelson, with 39, 38 and 31 new COVID-19 cases, respectively, are the highest in the region with Castlegar reporting 28 and Trail 26.

Grand Forks is also up reporting 14 new COVID-19 cases. Arrow Lakes reports eight new COVID-19 cases, Kimberley 11, Windermere 23, Golden 17 Creston two and Kootenay Lake zero.

Central Okanagan (Kelowna area) reports with highest in Interior Health with 267, while Kamloops reports 152 and Revelstoke 142.

Thursday, BC Ministry of Health officials released shattering new record-breaking case totals as well as admissions that number could be much higher.

B.C. is reporting 4,383 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, including 21 epi-linked cases, for a total of 251,054 cases in the province.

The total number of confirmed cases that day was 1,439 cases higher than ever reported in a single day in B.C.

The previous record, reported on Wednesday, was shattered when the daily figure went from 2,944 on Wednesday to 4,383 on Thursday.

There are 17,357 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 230,784 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 211 individuals are in hospital and 66 are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Thursday’s new/active cases include:

  • 2,319 new cases in Fraser Health — Total active cases: 7,940
  • 977 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health — Total active cases: 6,424
  • 501 new cases in Interior Health — Total active cases: 1,713
  • 122 new cases in Northern Health — Total active cases: 422
  • 460 new cases in Island Health — Total active cases: 856
  • four new cases of people who reside outside of Canada — Total active cases: two

Note: Active cases exclude those who have died, discontinued isolation or been lost to follow-up.

In the past 24 hours, one new death (Interior Health) has been reported, for an overall total of 2,420.

There have been 2,825 cases of the Omicron variant of concern confirmed in B.C.:

  • Fraser Health: 777
  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 1,333
  • Interior Health: 152
  • Northern Health: 13
  • Island Health: 548
  • Unknown: two

There have been six new health-care facility outbreaks at Mission Memorial Hospital, New Vista Care Centre, Chartwell Langley Gardens, Chartwell Carlton Gardens, Chartwell Crescent Gardens and Guildford Seniors Village (Fraser Health), for a total of 13 facilities with ongoing outbreaks, including:

Long-term care:

  • The Oxford Senior Care Home, Fort Langley Seniors Community, AgeCare Harmony Court, New Vista Care Centre, Chartwell Langley Gardens, Chartwell Carlton Gardens, Chartwell Crescent Gardens, Guildford Seniors Village (Fraser Health)
  • Ridgeview Lodge (Interior Health)

Acute care:

  • Mission Memorial Hospital (Fraser Health); and
  • Lions Gate Hospital (Vancouver Coastal Health)

Assisted or independent living:

  • The Waverly Seniors Village (Fraser Health)
  • mental health and substance use:
  • UBC Hospital - Detwiller Pavillion (Vancouver Coastal Health)

From Dec. 22-28, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 15.8% of cases.
From Dec. 15-28, they accounted for 54.7% of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Dec. 22-28) - Total 15,429

  • Not vaccinated: 2,185 (14.2%)
  • Partially vaccinated: 249 (1.6%)
  • Fully vaccinated: 12,995 (84.2%)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Dec. 15-28) - Total 117

  • Not vaccinated: 64 (54.7%)
  • Partially vaccinated: 0 (0.0%)
  • Fully vaccinated: 53 (45.3%)

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Dec. 22-28)

  • Not vaccinated: 337.3
  • Partially vaccinated: 96.4
  • Fully vaccinated: 283.7

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Dec. 15-28)

  • Not vaccinated: 14.9
  • Partially vaccinated: 0.0
  • Fully vaccinated: 1.1

Since December 2020, the Province has administered 9,368,643 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines.

Learn More:

For the Dec. 21, 2021, announcement on additional COVID-19 measures, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0234-002431

For the Dec. 21, 2021, PowerPoint presentation on COVID-19 updated measures, boosters and rapid antigen testing in B.C., visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/CovidMeasures.pdf

For the Dec. 17, 2021, announcement on new COVID-19 measures, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0230-002414

For the Dec. 14, 2021, modelling presentation, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/12.14.21_PHO_modelling.pdf