508 cases, 6 deaths in final update of the week

By Greg Fry	
		COVID-19 update		508 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. 25 in Northern Health

Across B.C., 4,486 cases remain active with 217 people in hospital including 61 people in ICU. There is now a total of 213,400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The drastic uptick in test results Friday is due to changes in how public health officials are tracking tests and calculating the state's positivity rate, the Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed in an email to The Gazette. "If a case has not been reported as a death, and it is more than 30 days past the date of their first positive test (or onset of symptoms) then an individual is considered recovered". Their deaths bring the total number from COVID-19 to 219. That figure, using an expanded definition from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, captures suspected cases where there is no confirmed test.

For the second straight day, there was only one COVID-positive patient at Warren General Hospital according to the latest release.

The Ministry of Health has identified 10 new clusters today and all of them are workplace related.

Within Interior Health, there are 705 active cases, up by 13 from Thursday.

A total of 91 active clusters have recorded new cases.

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At Big White Mountain, there is one new case in this community cluster since the last update on February 12.

The number of patients in intensive care increased from 59 to 60, and the number of patients on ventilators increased from 24 to 26.

"What we've done is a start, but it's just a start", health minister Adrian Dix said.

The death toll in the county remained at 96, or nearly 2.5 deaths per 1,000 population - 0.2 percent.

In Linn County, 37,894 doses have been administered, and 9.784 people - 5.61 percent of the county's adult population - have completed both shots.

Since the pandemic began, 192,942 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine, 36,923 of which are second doses.

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