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Unvaccinated account for 70 per cent of cases, 80 per cent of hospitalizations in B.C.

B.C. reported another 774 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, including a province-leading 253 in Interior Health
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B.C. is reporting 774 new cases of COVID-19 and five further deaths over the past 24 hours.

The province now has 5,594 active cases of COVID-19, with 1,747 of those in Interior Health.

Most concerning, as of late, is the number of people in hospital. On Thursday, the province reported 262 in hospital and half (130) requiring intensive care in ICUs.

One of the deaths reported occurred in the Interior Health region. Three occurred in Fraser Health and one in Northern Health.

Interior Health continues to produce more cases of COVID-19 than any of the other four Health regions, with 253 reported on Thursday.

Elsewhere, there were 233 new cases in Fraser Health, 123 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 98 in Northern Health and 65 in Island Health.

Seventy per cent of all cases in the past week (Sept. 1 to Sept. 7) have been unvaccinated, and 80 per cent of all hospitalized cases in the past two weeks (Aug. 25 to Sept. 7) have been unvaccinated.

In a call with media on Thursday, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said it was "foolish" of those trying to continue on with life unvaccinated.

"The evidence is conclusive. The science is definite. With that in mind, there is nothing heroic about presenting a target to COVID-19," he said.

When comparing rates of contracting COVID-19, unvaccinated people are contracting the virus at a rate of 301.4 per 100,000. The rate for fully vaccinated people is 26 per 100,000.

For hospitalization, the rate is even more pronounced, with rates of 37 per 100,000 for unvaccinated and 1.1 per 100,000 for those fully vaccinated.

B.C.'s vaccination rates as of Thursday were 85.9 per cent for a single dose and 78.8 per cent for two doses.