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Unvaccinated account for 120 of 140 patients in B.C. ICUs

B.C. reported 677 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, including 153 in Interior Health
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B.C. is reporting 677 new cases of COVID-19 and one further death due to the disease over the past 24 hours.

Unvaccinated continue to drive cases, accounting for approximately 70 per cent of new cases, 80 per cent of hospitalizations and 92 per cent of ICU usage among COVID patients.

Interior Health reported 153 new cases on Tuesday, behind Fraser Health, which had 237 new cases. Elsewhere, there were 102 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 99 in Northern Health and 86 in Island Health.

As of Tuesday, B.C. had 6,165 active cases, with 1,583 in Interior Health, 1,948 in Fraser Health, 1,030 in Vancouver Coastal, 964 in Northern and 627 in Island Health.

There are currently 288 people in hospital across the province, with 140 of those patients in ICUs.

According to B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix, most of those in ICUs were in the 50 to 59 and 60 to 69 age groups. Of all patients in ICUs, 120 were unvaccinated, nine were vaccinated and 11 were fully vaccinated.

B.C.'s vaccination coverage among those age 12 and older was 86 per cent for single doses and 78.5 per cent for both doses, as of Tuesday.