COVID-19: B.C. hospitalizations declining, so why are we still seeing so many deaths?
Hospitalizations have plummeted in the past six weeks but deaths, which spiked with an explosion in COVID-19 case counts with the new Omicron virus variant, remain at their highest level since the second wave in the fall of 2020.
But experts expect the death tally, which has started to trend downward slightly, to fall as hospitalizations and case counts do.
The week ending Friday, Feb. 25, the latest date for which statistics are available, there were 53 deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total to 2,903.
The weekly toll is down from two weeks earlier, when, for three weeks, deaths were in the 70 to 80 range.
Still, the numbers are not as high as they were in the fall of 2020, when vaccines were not yet available, when as many as 100 people a week died.