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BC COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations, declining tests

Written by Javed Iqbal

Nearly all polls tracking the COVID-19 pandemic fell in BC in the past week, according to new data from the provincial government.

The 273 people at BC hospitals with COVID-19 are the fewest since March 26, when there were 260 such people, and the province provided daily updates. Of those in the hospital today, 28 are in intensive care units (ICUs). It is an increase of nine and is the only major target where there was an increase.

COVID-19 deaths continue to accumulate, but the 26 suspected COVID-19 deaths in the past week are nearly half of the 50 such deaths reported a week ago. The total weekly deaths are valid until June 18th. It includes everyone who tested positive for COVID-19 within 30 days and then died. That calculation may include people who tested positive and then died in car accidents.

The process of the BC government is to include these deaths to begin with and then get its Vital Statistics Agency to determine which deaths were not COVID-19 related and remove them from the total.

As has been the case in every weekly update since the government switched to providing data only once a week, the presumed COVID-19 deaths have increased by more than the number of new COVID-19 deaths. It is the opposite of what Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said would happen when she unveiled the new system in early April.

BC’s COVID-19 death toll rose by 40 in the week ending June 18, despite 26 new deaths being reported. When Glacier Media asked the BC Ministry of Health about the ongoing differences in the weekly COVID-19 death rates and the total death toll, official said the reason was that the death toll was “preliminary. “

The province now considers 3,722 people to have died of COVID-19 in BC since the first death was announced on March 9, 2020 – a man in his 80s who lived in North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley Care Center.

The British Columbia Center for Disease Control detected 642 new COVID-19 infections in the week ending June 18th. It is the lowest weekly total since the province switched to weekly updates on April 7th. It increases the number of known COVID-19 infections in BC to 373,974 since the first case was discovered in late January 2020.

However, data for new infections have long been widely rejected, and even Henry earlier this year called the information “inaccurate.” This is because in December she started telling people who had been vaccinated and had mild symptoms about not being tested and just isolating themselves. She said at the time that this was to increase test capacity for those with more severe symptoms and those who are more vulnerable.

Testing is now encouraged only in cases where knowledge of the test result may change treatment recommendations.

The 12,215 COVID-19 tests performed in BC in the week ending June 18 were also the fewest tests performed in a week since switching to weekly data reporting. The decline in weekly tests was particularly marked in the past week, with more than a third fewer tests performed compared to last week’s 18,397 tests, which at the time were the fewest tests performed since weekly data updates were introduced.

The province’s positive test rate rose to 5.26 percent in the week ending June 18, up from 3.95 percent in the week ending June 11, which was the lowest since the start of the weekly data reporting.

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