COVID-19 update for Jan. 11: Hospitalizations climb to 431 | Omicron was in Nova Scotia wastewater before it was identified in South Africa

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. 11, 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.

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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on Jan. 10:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 283,841 (34.551 active)
• New cases: 6,966 over three days (2,573, 2,287 and 2,106)
• Total deaths: 2,446 (seven new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 431 (up by 82)
• Intensive care: 95 (up by two)
• Total vaccinations: 4,271,751 received first dose (92.2% of eligible pop. 12+); 4,144,682 second doses (89.4%); 1,197,440 third doses (25.8%)
• Recovered from acute infection: 243,456
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 43

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LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

1:30 p.m. – B.C. health officials to provide an update on COVID-19

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to provide an update on COVID-19. The news conference will be live streamed on the province’s YouTube channel .

According to the latest data provided Monday, B.C. saw hospitalizations jump by 82 cases to 431 over between Friday to Sunday. Out of these, 95 are in intensive care.

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There were 6,966 new cases of COVID-19 reported over the three-day period. This figure is an understatement due to the province hitting its testing capacity.

Close to 250 COVID-19 sick patients arrived in hospital in B.C. over three days

Almost 250 people arrived in hospitals in B.C. from Friday to Sunday with COVID-19, as the rate of hospitalizations climbs.

Figures released on Monday by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control show there have been 13,507 people admitted to hospital since the pandemic began, compared to 13,265 reported on Friday, a difference of 242 over three days.

However, the number of people with COVID-19 occupying hospital beds in the province during the same period climbed only 82 to 431, with 95 of them in intensive care.

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This could be because of people recovering from the disease and being discharged. There may also be some people who initially occupied a hospital bed with COVID-19 and are still in hospital but no longer positive, so are no longer counted in COVID-19 hospitalization numbers.

Rates of hospitalization for 100,000 people in B.C. are climbing in all health authorities, except Northern Health and Interior Health, but remain lower overall than during the case peaks in the third and fourth waves of the pandemic. The most hospitalizations in a single day so far in the pandemic was 515 on April 28, 2021.

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— David Carrigg

Omicron was in Nova Scotia wastewater before it was identified in South Africa

New data from researchers at Dalhousie University show that Omicron was in Nova Scotia wastewater weeks before it was identified by the province — and even before the new COVID-19 variant was reported by South Africa.

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Graham Gagnon, professor, and director of the Centre for Water Resource Studies confirmed in an email that: “Our team detected Omicron , retrospectively, in Nova Scotia wastewater in mid-November and will be able to provide further information in the future.”

The first case of Omicron in Nova Scotia was confirmed on Dec. 13, just a few weeks after it was reported in South Africa on Nov. 24.

Gagnon’s team has been testing wastewater from Nova Scotia’s four main treatment plants since December 2020. They have also been testing wastewater from the student residences at Dalhousie’s campus.

This type of testing will become a critical tool in tracking the spread of COVID-19 in the coming months as access to PCR testing across the country is becoming increasingly limited, said Mark Servos, professor and researcher in the biology department at the University of Waterloo. His lab is currently surveilling wastewater in the Peel, York, and Waterloo regions of Ontario.

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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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