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Province of British Columbia
INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2022HLTH0089-000375
March 17, 2022
Ministry of Health
COVID-19 pandemic update

VICTORIA – As of Thursday, March 17, 2022, 90.8% (4,524,095) of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 86.9% (4,330,237) have received their second dose.

In addition, 93.4% (4,328,709) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 90.9% (4,214,928) received their second dose and 56.8% (2,633,652) have received a third dose.

Also, 93.7% (4,053,919) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose, 91.3% (3,951,069) received their second dose and 58.7% (2,537,194) have received a third dose.

B.C. is reporting 240 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 353,379 cases in the province.

The new cases include:

  • Fraser Health: 47
  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 52
  • Interior Health: 66
  • Northern Health: 34
  • Island Health: 41
  • People who reside outside of Canada: zero

There are 298 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 and 49 are in intensive care.

In the past 24 hours, seven new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 2,960.

The new deaths include:

  • Fraser Health: three
  • Vancouver Coastal Health: one
  • Northern Health: two
  • Island Health: one

There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. The outbreak at Greenwoods (Island Health) has been declared over, for a total of eight facilities with ongoing outbreaks, including:

  • long-term care:
    • Ponderosa, Hillside Village (Interior Health)
    • Sidney Care Home, Berwick House Gordon Head, The Heights at Mt. View, Luther Court and Yucalta Lodge (Island Health)
  • acute care:
    • Surrey Memorial Hospital (Fraser Health)
  • assisted or independent living:
    • none

From March 9-15, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 16.5% of cases. From March 2-15, they accounted for 27.6% of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (March 9-15) - Total 1,662

  • Not vaccinated: 238 (14.3%)
  • Partially vaccinated: 37 (2.2%)
  • Fully vaccinated: 1,387 (83.5%)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (March 2-15) - Total 431

  • Not vaccinated: 103 (23.9%)
  • Partially vaccinated: 16 (3.7%)
  • Fully vaccinated: 312 (72.4%)

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (March 9-15)

  • Not vaccinated: 63.0
  • Partially vaccinated: 20.4
  • Fully vaccinated: 29.8

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (March 2-15)

  • Not vaccinated: 30.5
  • Partially vaccinated: 15.0
  • Fully vaccinated: 6.6

Since December 2020, the Province has administered 11,429,442 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines.

Learn More:

For rapid tests for people 40+ at pharmacies, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022HLTH0086-000358

For the March 10, 2022, announcement on lifting COVID-19 restrictions, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022HLTH0081-000324

For information on when to get a COVID-19 test: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing/when-to-get-a-covid-19-test

For information on COVID-19 treatments including Paxlovid: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/treatments

For information on booster doses, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/booster

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/children

For information on a third dose for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register#immunocompromised

To learn about how B.C. counts its daily COVID-19 cases in hospitals, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0058-001844

To learn about the BC Vaccine Card and how to access yours, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html

Detailed data is posted daily on the BCCDC dashboard: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data or: www.bccdc.ca

For the provincial health officer’s orders and guidance, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

For guidance on restrictions, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions

The latest updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
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