B.C. health officials say 500 people are now in hospital with COVID-19, including 102 in intensive care, as the province reported six more deaths and 2,612 new cases from the disease on Wednesday .
The new numbers represent an increase of 31 COVID-19 patients hospitalized within the last 24 hours, which includes five more patients in the ICU.
Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind spikes and dips in new cases, are up 57.7 percent from last Wednesday, when 317 people were in hospital with the disease and a month ago when 185 people were in hospital , were up about 170.2 percent since then.
The number of patients in intensive care is about 22.8 percent from 83 a week ago and 41.6 percent higher than a month ago when 72 people were in the ICU.
Experts say hospitalization is a more accurate barometer of the disease’s impact, as the number of new cases in B.C. is likely to be much higher than reported, now that the province has hit its testing limit due to an omicron surge. Have given.
There are currently 36,394 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in BC
Provincial death toll from COVID-19 So far 288,939 people have lost their lives out of 2,455 confirmed cases.
There are a total of 49 active outbreaks in assisted living, long-term and acute care facilities. The outbreak was declared over at Ridgeview Lodge in Kamloops.
Includes acute care outbreaks.
- Surrey Memorial Hospital.
- Eagle Ridge Hospital.
- Royal Colombian Hospital.
- Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
- Langley Memorial Hospital.
- Burnaby Hospital.
- Peace Arch Hospital.
- Kelowna General Hospital.
As of Wednesday, 88.9 percent of those five and older in B.C. had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 83.2 percent had received the second dose.
From January 4 to 10, those who were not fully vaccinated accounted for 20.1 percent of cases and from December 28 to January 10, they hospitalized 35.9 percent, according to the province.
A total of 1.29 million people have received the booster shot so far.
UBC expands online learning
Most of the University of British Columbia (UBC) programs will now be offered online starting Wednesday, according to a written statement from the university.
“UBC has decided to continue delivering most programs online until 7 February,” it said. “We recommend that all students plan to be on campus in early February, so they can be ready to begin teaching and learning in person.”
It said they are in the process of creating contingency plans for the potential impact of the Omron version on their employees.
In December, the school delayed in-person learning and teaching due to COVID-19 safety concerns.
more staff shortage
The impact of the Omicron version continues to impact employees in various sectors, with the exception of health care.
A doctor’s office in downtown Vancouver said Wednesday that an “acute” staff shortage due to the Omicron version has forced it to cancel all in-person appointments for the rest of the week.
“We will only be open for phone and virtual appointments for now. We’ll update you next week. Sorry for any inconvenience,” it said.
On Tuesday, Internal Health temporarily closed the emergency department at Nicola Valley Hospital in Merritt, B.C., as of Wednesday morning “due to unexpected limited physician availability.”
The health authority advised residents in need of emergency services to visit the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops or Kelowna General Hospital.
Businesses that were ordered to close last month can now apply for a provincial relief grant of up to $10,000 amid widespread staff shortages.
Bars, nightclubs and lounges that do not serve full meals, as well as gyms, fitness centers and venues, were ordered to close temporarily on December 22, with a reopening date set for next Tuesday. Was.
Economic Reform Minister Ravi Kahlon says more than 3,000 operators can apply for the $10 million relief grant program, which provides between $1,000 and $10,000 to individual businesses.
stop the spread of omicrons
Dr. Peter Lin, a medical columnist for CBC, says that isolation, distancing and masks will help keep people from spreading the omicron variant to their friends and family.
“Isolation has become the buzzword,” Lynn said on CBC initial version, “We know the virus is coming from my breath. So no face-to-face contact, no eating together, no sleeping together.”
He recommends that people hold their breath under their masks and wear an extra face shield on top if they are caring for an infected person, but he says the best advice would be to stop as soon as you or Isolate as soon as someone near you has tested positive. for COVID-19.
He said the key to ensuring that people do not continue to spread the virus is to isolate before they experience symptoms and continue to stay away from people if they have symptoms after the isolation period.
“Don’t wait for the symptoms. Don’t wait for the test. That’s how you protect your family and friends,” he said.
In response to Omicron’s arrival, the B.C. government has fast-tracked the province’s booster program and reduced the period of isolation to five days for vaccinated people who test positive without symptoms, allowing them to get them as soon as possible. allowed to return to work.