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B.C. reports 832 new cases of COVID-19; hospitalization numbers remain high

There are currently 330 people in B.C. hospitals with COVID-19, including 148 in ICUs — 95 per cent of which are unvaccinated

Two more Interior Health residents are dead due to COVID-19 as the province reports 832 new cases of the disease.

Of the new cases, 153 occurred in the Interior Health region.

Elsewhere, there were 377 new cases in Fraser Health, 114 in Vancouver Coastal, 117 in Northern Health and 71 in Island Health.

The province currently has 5,697 cases of COVID-19, 1,181 of which are in the Interior Health region. Only the Fraser Health region, with 1,932 active cases, has more.

Hospitalization numbers remain high, with 330 in hospital on Thursday and 148 of those patients requiring critical care in ICUs.

Ninety-five percent of patients currently in ICUs are unvaccinated, according to B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix, who posted the latest figures on Twitter, broken down by age.

More than half of all unvaccinated ICU patients (74 of 132) are between the ages of 50 and 69, and 35 are under the age of 50, including five patients in their 20s.

Most cases and hospitalizations are also among the unvaccinated.

From Sept. 15 to Sept. 21, of 4,417 cases reported, 2,996 (67.8 per cent) were not vaccinated at all and 342 (7.7 per cent) were partially vaccinated.

For hospitalizations over the past two weeks, from Sept. 8 to Sept. 21, 437 people were hospitalized — 327 of which were not vaccinated, 34 of which were partially vaccinated and 76 of which were fully vaccinated.

As of Thursday, 87.3 per cent of all British Columbians over the age of 12 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 79.9 per cent have received both doses.