There were 11 deaths attributed to COVID-19 over the weekend across British Columbia, as the number of patients testing positive in hospitals continues to decline.
A weekend update provided by the Health Ministry on Monday put the province’s COVID-19 death toll at 2,914.
Fraser Health reported six of the latest deaths and the Home Office reported three, while Northern Health and Island Health reported one each.
Meanwhile, the number of patients with COVID-19 fell to 449, the lowest since January 10. Including patients who were incidentally hospitalized for reasons unrelated to the disease, but tested positive through routine testing.
The number of COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit also fell to 63, down from 69 on Friday.
Unvaccinated people are still more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than those who have been vaccinated. According to the ministry’s update, unvaccinated people were hospitalized at a rate of 111 per 100,000 population between February 25 and March 3, after adjusting for age, compared with 47 per 100,000 among those who were vaccinated. partially vaccinated and 46 per 100,000 of those fully vaccinated.
The government doesn’t disclose the vaccination status of those who have passed away in its daily COVID-19 updates, but data from the BC Centers for Disease Control shows that unvaccinated people also die at a similar rate. higher than those protected by the vaccine.
Many of the province’s COVID-19 deaths have been attributed to elderly people living in care, but the number of outbreaks in those places has been declining for weeks.
No new outbreaks were reported in healthcare facilities Friday afternoon through Monday afternoon, and outbreaks at Menno Home, Cascade Gardens Senior Community, and Sun Pointe Village were announced. Father. That leaves 17 active outbreaks across the health care system, most in long-term care homes in Inland and on Vancouver Island.
The Department of Health also reported 997 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the weekend, although most healthy people are no longer being tested and will not be included in that tally.
Officials still believe transmission is declining along with hospitalizations, and provincial health official Dr Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said they hope to ease some COVID-19 measures- 19 during spring break.
They are expected to address provincial COVID-19 restrictions this week.
Last month, BC lifted restrictions regarding venue capacity, indoor dining, bars, nightclubs and wedding receptions, but has so far decided not to follow other provinces in lifting remove the mask requirement for indoor public spaces or end the use of vaccine passports for certain activities.