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COVID-19 update: 2,275 new cases, six further deaths including two in Interior Health

Small decrease in active cases over past 24 hours
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B.C. is reporting 2,275 new cases, a small decrease in the number of those in ICUs and six further deaths due to COVID-19.

The province's active case count has come down slightly to 35,943 — a drop of 106 since yesterday.

On Friday, the province announced changes to how it would be reporting the number of those in hospital. The figure will now comprise the number of those admitted to hospital because of COVID-19, those found to have COVID-19 incidentally, those who contracted COVID-19 in hospital due to an outbreak and those in B.C. hospitals from outside of B.C. or Canada.

As a result, Friday's reported figure of 646 patients in hospital is markedly higher than days before. Increases in the number of people in hospital, however, had been seen in the weeks prior as a lagging indicator of the Omicron-led surge in cases.

There are currently 95 patients in B.C. ICUs, a drop from the 102 patients reported yesterday.

Interior Health accounted for 412 of the new cases reported on Friday.

The local health region also accounted for two of the deaths reported on Friday. Elsewhere, there were three deaths in Fraser Health and one death in the Island Health region.