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B.C. reports 1,984 new cases of COVID-19 over weekend

Unvaccinated continue to drive cases, accounting for 70 per cent of all cases in the past week and 80 per cent of hospitalizations over the past two weeks
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This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the spherical particles of the new coronavirus, colorized blue, from the first U.S. case of COVID-19.

B.C. is reporting 1,984 new cases of COVID-19 over the 72-hour reporting period from Sept. 11 to Sept. 13, averaging 661 new cases each day.

Nine further deaths also occurred over the weekend, including three in Interior Health, three in Fraser Health, one in Vancouver Coastal Health and two in Island Health.

New cases include 542 in Interior Health, 609 in Fraser Health, 319 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 294 in Northern Health and 220 in Island Health.

Fraser Health leads the province in active cases with 1,711, while Interior Health is a close second with 1,618. The province, as a whole, has 5,825 active cases.

There are currently 278 people in hospital with 139 in critical care. Of those in ICUs, 121 are unvaccinated patients, according to B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix, who provided that detail during Monday's COVID-19 press conference.

The province's vaccination coverage rates for those age 12 and older as of Monday are 85.8 per cent for first doses and 78.4 per cent for second doses.

Cases and hospitalizations continue to be mostly amongst those who are unvaccinated.

From Sept. 3 to Sept. 9, 69.2 per cent of all cases were unvaccinated, 8.6 per cent were partially vaccinated and 22.2 per cent were fully vaccinated.

Among the 348 people hospitalized between Aug. 27 and Sept. 9, 282 (81 per cent) were unvaccinated, 18 (5.2 per cent) were partially vaccinated and 48 (13.8 per cent) were fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated people remain approximately 34 times as likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people.