B.C. announces another daily COVID-19 record: 4,383 new cases

Active COVID cases, driven by Omicron variant, quickly approaching 20,000

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The provincial government has announced 4,383 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C.

The 4,383 cases is a new daily record in the province. Today's case count is significantly higher than Wednesday's 2,944 cases, which was also a new record at the time.

The new cases include:

2,319 new cases in Fraser Health
977 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
501 new cases in Interior Health
460 new cases in Island Health
122 new cases in Northern Health
The new cases bring B.C.’s total since the pandemic began to 251,054; there are 17,357 active cases in the province, which is also the highest it's ever been.

Of these, 211 people are in hospital, with 66 people in the ICU.

Meanwhile, there have been 2,825 cases of the Omicron variant identified so far in B.C.

The breakdown is as follows:

Vancouver Coastal Health: 1,333
Fraser Health: 777
Island Health: 548
Interior Health: 152
Northern Health: 13
Unknown: 2
One new COVID death has been reported throughout B.C. in the past 24 hours, in the Interior Health region. To date, 2,420 British Columbians have died after contracting COVID-19.

There have been six new health-care facility outbreaks at Mission Memorial Hospital, Burnaby's New Vista Care Centre, Chartwell Langley Gardens, Burnaby's Chartwell Carlton Gardens, Surrey's Chartwell Crescent Gardens and Guildford Seniors Village, for a total of 13 facilities with ongoing outbreaks.

In the past 24 hours, 30,871 doses of the vaccine were administered in B.C. As of Friday, 88% of eligible people five and older in the province have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 82.9% have received their second dose.

From Dec. 22-28, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 15.8% of cases and from Dec. 15-28, they accounted for 54.7% of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Dec. 22-28) - Total 15,429

Not vaccinated: 2,185 (14.2%)
Partially vaccinated: 249 (1.6%)
Fully vaccinated: 12,995 (84.2%)
Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Dec. 15-28) - Total 117

Not vaccinated: 64 (54.7%)
Partially vaccinated: 0 (0.0%)
Fully vaccinated: 53 (45.3%)
Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Dec. 22-28)

Not vaccinated: 337.3
Partially vaccinated: 96.4
Fully vaccinated: 283.7
Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Dec. 15-28)

Not vaccinated: 14.9
Partially vaccinated: 0.0
Fully vaccinated: 1.1
In the past week, of the 15,429 cases, the fully vaccinated made up 84.2% of cases (12,995), followed by the non-vaccinated (14.2% or 2,185 of cases), and the partially vaccinated (1.6% or 249 cases).

Those in hospital in the last two weeks were either not vaccinated (54.7%) or fully vaccinated (45.3%).