New data from the BCCDC regarding the last week of September is reporting that unvaccinated people are 53 times more likely to die from COVID-19 – 17 times more than the week prior.

According to the data, of the 283 new hospitalizations between September 23rd and September 28th, four out of five hospitalizations were unvaccinated.

To date, 100% of these new cases are the delta variant.

BCCDC reports that Interior and Northern health are experiencing lower vaccine coverage among younger individuals.

At a media availability today, Premier Horgan said he is aware of the “small percentage [of people not getting vaccinated] and they appear to be in very certain areas [of the province].”

In the last week of September, fully vaccinated individuals represented 70% of BC’s total population, but accounted for only 29% of cases and 15% of hospitalizations.

While there have been rising case rates in children and youth, luckily, they have not translated into more hospitalizations.

As of this publication, there are a total of 373 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 132 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

Of those cases, 43 of those are in hospitals around the Island Health region, 22 are in ICU.

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