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December 29 COVID-19 News: Complete Briefing on the Situation in British Columbia Today | Test sites close due to cold | Nations Consider Reducing Isolation Rules | BCTF requires delayed return from school

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know about the new coronavirus situation in British Columbia.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know about the new coronavirus situation in British Columbia as of December 29, 2021.


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We’ll provide a quick summary of what’s happening in British Columbia right here so you can get the latest news right away. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day and events will be added as they become available.

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British Columbia COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

According to the latest data from December 28:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 243,731 (10,415 active as of 23 December).
• New cases since December 27: 1,785.
• Total deaths as of December 23: 2,414 (four deaths).
• Number of hospitalized cases as of 23 December: 192.
• Resuscitation as of December 23: 71
• Total vaccinations as of 23 December: 4,377,551 people received the first dose; 4,126,279 second doses; 807,057 third doses
• Recovered from acute infection as of December 23: 222 604 people.
• Long-term care homes and boarding schools, as well as emergency care facilities affected by 23 December: two


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DEEP: Here are all the cases of the new coronavirus BC in 2021 | in 2020


• COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the new coronavirus.

• COVID-19: The BC vaccine passport is here and this is how it works

• COVID-19: Here’s how to get vaccinated in British Columbia.

• COVID-19: Find your area on our interactive incidence and vaccination map in British Columbia.

• COVID-19: Are you afraid of needles? Here’s how to overcome fear and get vaccinated

• COVID-19: Five facts about the spread of the P1 variant in British Columbia.

• COVID-19: This is where you can get tested in the Vancouver metro.

• Self-Assessment Tool for COVID-19 BC Symptoms

LATEST COVID-19 NEWS from British Columbia

3:00 pm – Health officials set to share the latest data on COVID-19 in British Columbia.

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry are expected to update the COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province. A full-fledged press briefing will take place today, the first since the Nativity of Christ.


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Vancouver metro is experiencing a capacity shortage due to site closures due to cold weather

Vancouver Coastal Health is urging only those at high risk of contracting COVID-19 to get tested as centers are waterlogged and some are forced to close due to British Columbia’s unusually cold weather.

The advent of the Omicron variant is driving a dramatic increase in cases, especially in the Vancouver metro and Fraser Valley, resulting in long queues and delays at most testing centers.

To make matters worse, Vancouver Coastal (VCH) and Fraser Health closed testing centers this week due to the cold.

“Due to hazardous weather conditions, VCH has temporarily suspended operations at the St. Vincent and YVR test sites and is redirecting people to alternative test sites,” read a series of tweets on Tuesday afternoon.


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British Columbia Teachers’ Federation Calls for Delayed Return to School

The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation is calling for a delayed return to public schools next week as the Omicron COVID-19 variant spreads widely across the province.

BCTF President Teri Moring said Tuesday that until now, the union has never advocated online training instead of face-to-face training.

“We advocate that schools remain open with all security measures, but now we see this as a completely different scenario,” said Moring. “Even if teachers may not become seriously ill or need to be hospitalized, they still won’t be able to go to work if they have symptoms, which is worrying.”

Too many sick teachers and education assistants will force schools to close due to staff shortages, Moring said. Over the past day, 1,785 COVID-19 cases have been reported in British Columbia.


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“The number of cases we are seeing is the tip of the iceberg. We know the testing centers are overcrowded and we know that Dr. (Bonnie) Henry says this is a different pandemic and the schools are a reflection of the communities they are in. At this point, we hear that even though they were very careful, and even though they were vaccinated twice, our members are getting infected. “

Some countries are looking to cut back on isolation rules as Omicron is being chased around the world.

Global COVID-19 infections hit an all-time high in seven days on Wednesday as the Omicron variant spiraled out of control, forcing some governments to revise their quarantine and testing rules, according to Reuters data.

Nearly 900,000 cases were detected globally between December 22 and 28 every day, with many countries posting new all-time highs in the previous 24 hours, including the United States, Australia, many countries in Europe and Bolivia.


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While research has shown that Omicron is less lethal than some previous options, the sheer number of people who test positive means hospitals in some countries may soon be overcrowded and businesses may find it difficult to keep going as workers have to be placed in quarantine.

Fearing the economic consequences of keeping so many people at home, some governments are considering shortening the period during which people must isolate if they are infected with COVID or have been in contact with someone positive.

Spain said Wednesday it is cutting the quarantine period for people who test positive for COVID-19 to seven days from 10, while Italy said it plans to loosen isolation rules for those who come into close contact with those who have the virus.


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– Reuters

Visitor Restrictions on Long Term Care – Wrong Policy: UBC Expert

According to an expert at the University of British Columbia, British Columbia should not go back to restricting long-term care visits after Omicron COVID-19, but instead ramp up rapid testing and maintain the one-place rule of thumb.

“We must prioritize retention of visitors in nursing homes because we know how important it is to residents. At the beginning of the pandemic, people suffered greatly from loneliness and social isolation, ”said Dr. Jennifer Baumbusch, assistant professor at the UBC School of Nursing.

Baumbusch said the health care system now has the tools to keep residents safe while allowing social visits. This includes rapid tests, vaccines and the best personal protective equipment.


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“We need to see the protective layers accelerate,” she said. “Really increasing the effectiveness of rapid testing for staff and visitors in long-term care settings with a priority of re-injections for staff and for those with primary and designated visitor status.”

Research suggests Omicron will replace Delta variant

Studies by South African scientists show that Omicron can supplant the delta variant of the coronavirus, because infection with a new variant increases immunity to the old.

The study covered only a small group of people and was not peer-reviewed, but it showed that people infected with Omicron, especially those who were vaccinated, developed increased immunity to the Delta variant.

The analysis included 33 vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals infected with the Omicron variant in South Africa.


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Although the authors found that the neutralization of Omicron increased 14-fold within 14 days of enrollment, they also found that the neutralization of the Delta variant increased 4.4-fold.

– Reuters


Find out how your community is fighting COVID-19 with the latest data on new cases, positive rates and vaccination rates:


LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 Information

Here are a range of COVID-19 information and landing pages from various healthcare institutions and government agencies.

• Self-Assessment Tool for COVID-19 BC Symptoms

• Vancouver Coastal Health – Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information

• HealthLink BC – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

• British Columbia Center for Disease Control – New Coronavirus (COVID-19)

• Government of Canada – Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): update on the outbreak.

• World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

–With files from The Canadian Press


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