BC reports 31 more people hospitalized with COVID-19, 5 more in ICU and 6 more deaths

BC health officials say 500 people are now hospitalized with COVID-19, including 102 in intensive care, as the province reported six more deaths from the disease and 2,612 new cases on Wednesday.

The new numbers represent an increase of 31 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the past 24 hours, including five more patients in the ICU.

The total number of hospital admissions, which typically lags peaks and troughs in new cases, is up 57.7 percent from last Wednesday, when 317 people were hospitalized with the disease and about 170.2 percent over a month. ago, when 185 people were hospitalized.

The number of patients in intensive care is up about 22.8 percent from 83 a week ago and 41.6 percent more than a month ago when 72 people were in ICU.

Experts say hospital admissions a more accurate barometer of disease impact, as new case numbers are in BC probably much higher than reported, now that the province has reached its testing limit due to the Omicron spike.

There are currently 36,394 registered active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in BC

The provincial death toll from COVID-19 is now 2,455 lives lost from 288,939 confirmed cases to date.

There are a total of 49 active outbreaks in assisted living, long-term care and acute care settings. The outbreak at Ridgeview Lodge in Kamloops has been declared over.

Acute care outbreaks include.

  • Surrey Memorial Hospital.
  • Eagle Ridge Hospital.
  • Royal Colombian Hospital.
  • Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
  • Langley Memorial Hospital.
  • Burnaby Hospital.
  • Peace Arch Hospital.
  • Kelowna General Hospital.

By Wednesday, 88.9 percent of those five years and older in BC had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 83.2 percent had received their second dose.

From Jan. 4 to 10, people who were not fully vaccinated accounted for 20.1 percent of cases, and from Dec. 28 to Jan. 10, they accounted for 35.9 percent of hospitalizations, the province said.

So far, a total of 1.29 million people have received a booster injection.

UBC Expands Online Learning

The majority of courses at the University of British Columbia (UBC) will now be offered online from Wednesday, a written statement from the university said.

“UBC has made the decision to continue to offer most programs online until February 7th,” it sounds. “We recommend that all students be on campus in early February so that they can be ready for the start of personal teaching and learning.”

It said they are also making contingency plans for the potential impact of the Omicron variant on their workforce.

In December, the school postponed personal learning and teaching due to safety concerns from COVID-19.

More staff shortages

The impact of the Omicron variant continues to affect the workforce in various sectors, healthcare is no exception.

A doctor’s office in downtown Vancouver said on Wednesday that “acute” staff shortages due to the Omicron variant have forced it to cancel all in-person appointments for the rest of the week.

“We will only be open for telephone and virtual appointments for the time being. We will keep you updated next week. Sorry for the inconvenience,” it said.

On Tuesday, Interior Health temporarily closed the emergency department at Nicola Valley Hospital in Merritt, BC until Wednesday morning “due to unforeseen limited availability of doctors.”

The health authority advised residents who needed emergency services to visit the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops or Kelowna General Hospital.

Amid widespread staff shortages, companies that ordered to close last month can now apply for provincial aid grants of up to $10,000.

Bars, nightclubs and lounges that don’t serve full meals, as well as gyms, fitness centers and event venues, were among those forced to temporarily close on December 22, with a reopening date set for next Tuesday.

Economic Recovery Minister Ravi Kahlon says more than 3,000 operators can apply for the $10 million emergency program, which will provide between $1,000 and $10,000 to individual businesses.

The Spread of Omicron. stop

dr. Peter Lin, a medical columnist at the CBC, says isolation, distancing and masks will help protect people from spreading the Omicron strain to their friends and family.

“Isolation has become the buzzword,” Lin told the CBC’s The early edition. “We know that the virus comes from my breath. So no face-to-face contact, no eating together, no sleeping together.”

He recommends that people hold their breath under their mask and wear an extra face shield on top if they are caring for someone who is infected, but he says the best advice would be to isolate as soon as you or someone close to you has a positive test. tested for COVID-19.

He said the key to making sure people don’t keep spreading the virus is to isolate themselves before they experience symptoms and stay away from people if they still have symptoms, even after the isolation period.

“Don’t wait for symptoms. Don’t wait for a test. This is how you protect your family and friends,” he said.

In response to the arrival of Omicron, the BC government has accelerated the province’s booster program and reduced the isolation period up to five days for vaccinated people who test positive with no symptoms, allowing them to return to work sooner.

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