COVID-19 update for Dec. 28: 6,288 cases in B.C. since Friday, but little other data | Canada tops 2 million total cases | Why can’t I get a rapid test?

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Dec. 28, 2021.

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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on Dec. 27:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 241,946 (10,415 active)
• New cases since Dec. 24: 6,288 (2,552, 2023 and 1,713)
• Total deaths as of Dec. 23: 2,414 (four deaths)
• Hospitalized cases as of Dec. 23: 192
• Intensive care as of Dec. 23: 71
• Total vaccinations as of Dec. 23: 4,377,551 received first dose; 4,126,279 second doses; 807,057 third doses
• Recovered from acute infection as of Dec. 23: 222,604
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected as of Dec. 23: Two

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IN-DEPTH:   Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: B.C.’s vaccine passport is here and this is how it works

COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

COVID-19: Look up your neighbourhood in our interactive map of case and vaccination rates in B.C.

COVID-19: Afraid of needles? Here’s how to overcome your fear and get vaccinated

COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

3 p.m. (approx.) – Health officials are set to share latest figures on COVID-19 in B.C.

Health officials are expected to update the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province.

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B.C. Ministry of Health reports 6,288 new cases over past three days, but little else

Health Minister Adrian Dix will not be releasing data on COVID-19 vaccinations, hospitalizations, testing numbers, test positive percentages, deaths and hospitalizations by vaccination status until Wednesday, Dec. 29. These means it will have been almost a week since any of this information was released.

The Health Ministry did however release a preliminary case count on Monday afternoon, showing there were 6,288 cases of COVID-19 reported over the past three days (Friday 2,552, Saturday 2,023 and Sunday 1,713). The Friday number was a daily case record.

Of those cases, just over 50 per cent were reported in the Fraser Health region, while 23 per cent were reported in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

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Quebec reports more cases in a day than June and July combined

Quebec set a record for new infections in a day with 12,833 reported on Tuesday.

The day’s new cases are more than were reported in the months of June, July or August this year. In fact, they’re more than the monthly totals from June and July combined.The seven-day rolling average of infections in the province is now at an all-time high of 9,133.

A total of 559,269 infections have now been confirmed in the province since the first one was reported in February of 2020.

Quebec also announced that 15 more fatalities had been attributed to the virus, bringing the province’s death toll to 11,692. This is the first time since April that Quebec has reported 10 or more deaths in consecutive days.

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The number of hospitalizations due to the virus increased by 88 to 702 — the highest level since April. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has more than tripled in the last month. Of those patients, 115 are in intensive care — an increase of six.

Canada records more than two million COVID-19 cases

Canada has officially logged more than two million reported cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

The government of Canada’s health website says the total case count was 2,000,976 as of Dec. 26, 2021.

The website wasn’t updated over the holiday period.

The highly transmissible Omicron variant has spurred a surge in cases across the country and health-care analysts have said the true number of infections is likely far higher than what is reported.

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— The Canadian Press

CDC cuts quarantine time for COVID-affected Americans to five days

U.S. health authorities on Monday shortened the recommended time for isolation for asymptomatic Americans with COVID-19 to five days from the previous guidance of 10 days.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said the people who test positive after quarantining should follow five days of wearing a mask when around others.

Omicron accounts for 73 per cent of U.S. coronavirus infections, the federal CDC had said last week.

Breakthrough infections are rising among the fully vaccinated population, including those who have had a third booster shot. However, Omicron appears to be causing milder symptoms in those people, some of whom have no symptoms at all.

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Reducing the CDC’s 10-day quarantine recommendation would help asymptomatic people return to work or school, with proper precautions, White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci had told CNN last week.

— Reuters

Why is it so hard to get a rapid test in Canada?

As COVID-19 case counts kept soaring this week, booster shots and rapid tests were all many Canadians wanted for Christmas. Given their general scarcity, most were left out of luck. So how, nearly two years into the pandemic, did we get here?

When it comes to booster shots, the new Omicron variant emerged and exploded quickly, as Canada’s focus was on vaccinating kids, experts say. Canadians scrambling to get their hands on rapid tests are likely wondering where the 88.8 million tests the federal government says it has distributed to the provinces are. The answer to that question is slightly more complicated.

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— National Post


B.C. MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE COUNTS, VACCINATION RATES

Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

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

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

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

–with files from The Canadian Press

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