B.C. has fewest COVID-19 hospitalizations in more than six weeks

Number of those actively infected stays comparatively low

The number of British Columbians with severe cases of COVID-19 has been falling, with only 329 people now in hospital – the lowest total since December 3.

Other metrics similarly show that the province is turning a corner in fighting the virus that has spawned a global pandemic.

There were 465 new cases reported overnight, for a total of 61,912 people since the first case was identified in B.C. last January. That's lower than most days so far this year.

The vast majority of the 4,331 people actively fighting infections have been told to self isolate, with 329 people in hospital, including 70 people in intensive care units.

Health officials are monitoring 6,864 people for symptoms because they have had known exposure to individuals who are identified as carrying the virus. That's the lowest number since November 2, but it does not include the Northern Health Region, and it is unclear whether data for the entire province was included in early November.

"To date, 92,369 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C.," provincial health officer Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement. This means that 5,023 doses have been provided in the past 24 hours, which is down slightly from recent days.

"There have been 12 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,090 deaths in British Columbia,” Henry and Dix said. “We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Almost 89%, or 55,099 of the people who have so far contracted COVID-19 in B.C., are considered to be recovered. 

Here is a regional breakdown of where the 465 new cases were identified:
• 83 people in Vancouver Coastal Health (17.8%);
• 262 people in Fraser Health (56.3%);
• 21 in Island Health (4.5%);
• 61 in Interior Health (13.1%);
• 32 in Northern Health (6.9%); and
• six people who reside outside the province (1.3%).

"We have had no new health-care facility outbreaks," Dix and Henry said. "The outbreak at The Emerald at Elim Village [in Surrey] is over."

The nine hospitals that have active COVID-19 outbreaks are:
• Burnaby Hospital in Burnaby;
• Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake;
• Chilliwack General Hospital in Chilliwack;
• Mount St. Joseph's Hospital in Vancouver;
• Ridge Meadows Hospital in Maple Ridge;
• St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver;
• Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey;
• Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver; and
• University Hospital of Northern B.C. in Prince George.

The nine active outbreaks at seniors' living facilities in Vancouver Coastal Health are at:
• Arbutus Care Centre in Vancouver;
• Braddan Private Hospital in Vancouver;
• Fraserview Intermediate Care Lodge in Richmond;
• German Canadian Benevolent Society Home in Vancouver;
• Hilltop House in Squamish;
• Little Mountain Place in Vancouver;
• Minoru Residence in Richmond;
• Renfrew Care Centre in Vancouver; and
• Sunrise of Vancouver in Vancouver.

The 25 active outbreaks at seniors' living facilities in Fraser Health are at:
• Avalon Gardens in Langley;
• Brookside Lodge in Surrey;
• Eagle Ridge Manor in Port Moody;
• Evergreen Baptist Care Society in White Rock;
• Fleetwood Villa in Surrey;
• George Derby Centre in Burnaby;
• Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre in Delta;
• Guildford Seniors' Village in Surrey;
• Hilton Villa Seniors Community in Surrey;
• Kin Village in Tsawwassen;
• Kin Village West Court in Tsawwassen;
• Madison Care Centre in Coquitlam;
• Maple Ridge Seniors' Village in Maple Ridge;
• Mayfair Seniors Living Care in Abbotsford;
• Menno Home in Abbotsford;
• Morgan Place Care Facility in Surrey
• Nicola Lodge in Port Coquitlam;
• Peace Arch Hospital Foundation Lodge in White Rock;
• Queen's Park Care Centre in New Westminster;
• Rideau Retirement Residence in Burnaby;
• Royal City Manor in New Westminster;
• St. Michael's Centre Extended Care in Burnaby;
• Suncreek Village in Surrey;
• The Harrison at Elim Village in Surrey; and
• Waterford Retirement Residence in Delta.

The only active outbreak at a seniors' living facility in Northern Health is Jubilee Lodge in Prince George.

The nine active outbreaks at seniors' living facilities in Interior Health are at:
• Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre in Kamloops;
• Creekside Landing in Vernon;
• Heritage Retirement Residence in West Kelowna;
• Heritage Square in Vernon;
• Mountainview Village in Kelowna;
• Noric House in Vernon;
• Sunnybank Retirement Home in Oliver;
• Williams Lake Seniors Village in Williams Lake; and
• Village by the Station in Penticton.

In Island Health, there are two seniors' facilities with an active outbreak of COVID-19:
• Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence in Nanaimo; and
• Hart House in Victoria.

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