COVID-19 update for Jan. 6: Minister of Public Safety warns police will be called as testing site harassment continues

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 Jan. 6, 2022.

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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

• Total number of confirmed cases: 270,508 (29,967 active)
• New cases: 3,798
• Total deaths: 2,427 (no new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 317 (up by 19)
• Intensive care: 83 (down by three)
• Total vaccinations: 4,266,177 received first dose (92% of eligible pop. 12+); 4,138,007 second doses (89.3%); 990,164 third doses (21.5%)
• Recovered from acute infection: 237,195
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 21

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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

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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. or later – 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.

Minister of Public Safety warns police will be called as testing site harassment continues

Health-care workers have been intimidated, threatened and verbally harassed at testing sites, Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth said on Wednesday evening.

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In a prepared statement, Farnworth said B.C. had recently introduced the Access to Services Act to “help protect the safety and well-being of health-care workers at testing centres.”

Farnworth said that impeding services or intimidating workers at these sites was illegal and that all threats and aggressive behaviour would be reported to police.

Farnworth did not say whether the threatening behaviour was from protesters opposed to COVID-19 testing, or people who had become frustrated after waiting for several hours to received a PCR or rapid test.


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:

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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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