COVID-19 update for Jan. 7: Here’s the latest on coronavirus in B.C.

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. 7, 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.


• Total number of confirmed cases: 273,731 (31,817 active)
• New cases: 3,223
• Total deaths: 2,430 (three new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 324 (up by 5)
• Intensive care: 90 (down by 7)
• Total vaccinations: 4,267,843 received first dose (92.1% of eligible pop. 12+); 4,139,941 second doses (89.3%); 1,042,480 third doses (22.5%)
• Recovered from acute infection: 238,524
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 37


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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.

Expert hopes B.C. will shed its distaste for rapid tests

The holiday season was a scramble between the haves and the have-nots: Those that had access to rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 and those that did not. Some got them from employers, others shelled out to order online.


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With the Omicron variant spreading and the province limiting PCR testing, demand for rapid antigen tests has skyrocketed. The more accurate PCR tests are reserved for “those who really need it,” as the provincial health officer put it, including health care workers and people in a high-risk category.

Many in B.C. wonder about why health authorities here are unwilling to use the rapid tests more widely, as some jurisdictions have. Although their reliability on detecting Omicron has not been fully determined, a study  in August found rapid antigen tests taken at home were 78.9 per cent accurate.

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–Denise Ryan

B.C. schools brace for possible closures as 550,000 students head back to class

Kyenta Martins is not sending her two children back to their Vancouver school next week, a decision she called “heartbreaking.”


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As new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. climbed by 3,223 on Thursday, Martins said her family decided the kids won’t go back until the virus wanes or the provincial Ministry of Education puts stronger protections in place.

“They’re really upset that they won’t get to see their friends,” said Martins, who is a member of the Safe Schools Coalition B.C. “This is not a forever decision, but it’s what we have to do right now.”

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–Glenda Luymes

B.C. long-term care residents are entitled to a designated visitor: seniors advocate

British Columbia’s seniors advocate is asking the province to designate one person as an essential visitor for every long-term care resident as the facilities move to stem the spread of COVID-19.


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Isobel Mackenzie says in a news release that the need to limit visitors has left a majority of long-term care residents without visits from loved ones.

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–The Canadian Press


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:


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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