B.C. is reporting 2,364 new cases of COVID-19, an increase in hospitalizations by 33 and nine further deaths due to the disease over the past 24 hours.
Prior to the recent surge in hospitalizations, B.C.'s previous peak was on April 28, 2021, when 515 patients were reported in hospital.
The number of those patients in ICUs has also increased, up by 11 to 130 patients on Friday.
The Interior Health region saw the second most cases reported on Friday, with 655. Elsewhere, there were 686 new cases in Fraser Health, 499 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 334 in Island Health and 190 in Northern Health.
Interior Health has the third-most active cases in the province with 6,490, behind Fraser Health (15,768) and Vancouver Coastal (8,121). In total, B.C. has 33,997 active cases — a figure that has fallen from a peak of 37,167 active cases reported on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
Four deaths were reported both Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal, while one was reported in Island Health. In total, 2,529 people have died due to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
Among those age five and older, the province's vaccination rate on Friday was reported at 89.4 per cent for single doses and 83.5 per cent for at least two doses (fully vaccinated). To date, 37.8 per cent of those eligible (age 18 and older) have received a third (booster) dose of the vaccine.
Of the 14,267 cases reported over the past week, 27.6 per cent were among people not fully vaccinated, while over the past two weeks, 30.9 per cent of those hospitalized were not fully vaccinated.