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Omicron case numbers rise, but hospitalizations have not yet spiked

To date, there have been 302 Omicron variant cases detected in B.C., five of which are in Interior Health. There were 44 such confirmed cases four days ago. As of Dec. 17, there are 191 people in hospital with COVID-19
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As cases of the Omicron variant grow, there has not yet been a commensurate rise in hospitalizations or deaths.

The latest numbers from the BC Centre for Disease Control, on Friday, Dec. 17, show 789 new cases of COVID-19 in the past day, of which 131 are in Interior Health.

To date, there have been 302 Omicron variant cases detected in B.C., five of which are in Interior Health. There were 44 such confirmed cases four days ago.

There has been a slight increase in hospitalizations in the past 24 hours, with seven more people admitted due to the disease.

There are now 191 people in hospital in B.C., of whom 74 are in intensive care.

In Interior Health, there are 43 COVID-19 patients in hospital, with 20 in intensive care.

There were three deaths reported in the past day, bringing to 2,399 the number of COVID-129 deaths in B.C. since the pandemic was declared in March 2020.

Provincewide, there are 4,313 active cases, with 688 of those in Interior Health.

To date, 225,785 people in B.C. have contracted COVID-19, with 35,018 of those in Interior Health. The province has a population of approximately 5.1 million people.

On the vaccination front, 82.5 per cent of all eligible people ages five and older have received two doses of a vaccine, while 86.9 per cent have received at least one dose. Fifteen per cent have received the third booster shot.

New case breakdown from Dec. 9 to Dec. 15:

• Fully vaccinated: 1,942 (57.2%)

• Not vaccinated: 1,386 (40.8%)

• Partially vaccinated: 66 (2.0%)

Hospitalizations breakdown from Dec. 2 to Dec. 15, involving 155 admissions:

• Not vaccinated: 105 (67.7%)

• Fully vaccinated: 44 (28.4%)

• Partially vaccinated: six (3.9%)

Since December 2020, the province has administered 9.1-million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines.

The Kamloops counts

In the Kamloops local health area, there were 138 confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded between Dec. 5 and Dec. 11.

The previous week, there were 114 confirmed cases.

The Kamloops local health area has a population of about 117,500 and encompasses an area of 16,500 square kilometres, including Kamloops, Little Fort, Barriere, Sun Peaks, Chase, Westwold, Adams Lake, Anglemont, Savona and Logan Lake.

Recent weekly tallies:

• Dec. 5 to Dec. 11: 138 new cases

• Nov. 28 to Dec. 4: 114 new cases

• Nov. 21 to Nov. 27: 75 new cases

• Nov, 14 to Nov. 20: 92 new cases

• Nov. 7 to Nov. 13: 132 new cases

• Oct. 31 to Nov. 6: 142 new cases

• Oct. 24 to Oct. 30: 131 new cases

• Oct. 17 to Oct. 23: 145 new cases

• Oct. 10 to Oct. 16: 118 new cases

• Oct. 3 to Oct. 9: 131 new cases

• Sept. 26 to Oct. 2: 226 cases

• Sept. 19 to Sept. 25: 219 cases

• Sept. 12 to Sept. 18: 158 cases