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With 31 more in hospital, province nears patient peak seen in third wave

Hospitalization and ICU numbers still rising as Omicron surge continues

B.C. is reporting 2,889 new cases of COVID-19, six further deaths and an increase of 31 people in hospital.

There are now 500 people in B.C. hospitals, with 102 of those patients in ICUs — an increase of five over the past 24 hours. The province last broke 500 people in hospital on April 30, 2021, during the third wave of the pandemic in this province.

B.C. now has 36,641 active cases, including 4,628 in the Interior Health region.

IH saw 534 new cases on Wednesday. Elsewhere, there were 982 new cases in Fraser Health, 697 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 451 in Island Health and 195 in Northern Health.

Two deaths were reported in both Fraser Health and Island Health, while Vancouver Coastal and Northern saw one death each.

One local outbreak, at Ridgeview Lodge, has been declared over. Forty-nine other health-care facilities in B.C. are currently operating under outbreak protocols.

Among those over age 12, 89.5 per cent have received at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 27.9 per cent, or 1.29 million people, have received their third dose.

From Jan. 4 to Jan. 10, twenty per cent of all cases have been among those not fully vaccinated, while from Dec. 28, 2021, to Jan. 10, 35.9 per cent of all hospitalizations have been among that same group.