British Columbia is bracing for COVID-19 hospitalizations to continue to climb upwards but provincial data shows the peak of new admissions should come next week.
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presented the latest COVID-19 data on Friday showing there are about 45 to 50 new COVID-19 admissions per day in hospitals across the province. The province is expected to continue to see record hospitalizations until at least the middle of next week.
“What we are seeing is there is a lag time between peak infections and peak admissions into hospital,” Henry said.
“We expect the peak will be some time next week. Our modelling shows between Jan. 15 and 22 we expect the peak of admission in hospital.”
The peak in hospitalizations is coupled with a dramatic rise in illness among health-care workers. Earlier this week the province presented data showing health-care workers missed more than 27,000 shifts across the province due to illness over a one-week period.
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