B.C.'s COVID-19 hospitalizations jump to new high of 646 following data reporting change

B.C. health officials reported 646 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Friday, including 95 in intensive care, as the province reported six more deaths from the disease and 2,275 new cases.

The new numbers represent an increase of 112 COVID-19 patients in hospital but health officials said during a Friday morning briefing they expected a one-time spike after changing the method of calculating COVID-related hospitalizations to include people who were admitted for other reasons but tested positive for the disease.

The province also reported seven fewer patients in the ICU compared to Thursday.

Experts say hospitalizations are a more accurate barometer of the disease’s impact, as new case numbers in B.C. are likely much higher than reported, now that the province

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