COVID-19 hospitalizations rising in B.C., as 269 cases added from weekend

The number of patients in hospitals with COVID-19 continues to rise in B.C. after a weekend that saw 269 new cases confirmed and one more death.

Eighteen patients are being treated in the hospital, including five in intensive care, up from a total of 13 hospitalized on Friday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday. The number of patients in the hospital is now the highest it’s been in two months.

The latest update, which covers the last three days, brings the number of active cases to a new high of 913 out of 5,184 cases to date. The one-day total of 109 new cases confirmed on Saturday is also the highest number of new cases in one day so far. 

“As we live with COVID-19 in our communities, our goals continue to be clear. We need to minimize our new cases,” Henry said. 

“Despite the recent outbreaks and clusters that we have seen in the past week and the rising case numbers, we still have the low undetected transmission in our province. We are able to find and connect most people who have this disease.”