COVID-19 update for Jan. 13: 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. 13, 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. 12:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 288,939 (36,641 active)
• New cases: 2,859
• Total deaths: 2,455 (six new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 500 (up by 31)
• Intensive care: 102 (up by five)
• Total vaccinations: 4,275,308 received first dose (92.2% of eligible pop. 12+); 4,148,174 second doses (89.5%); 1,293,926 third doses (27.9%)
• Recovered from acute infection: 246,693
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 49

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

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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.

Wednesday

Canadian truckers to stay exempt from COVID-19 vaccine requirements

Canadian truckers will remain exempted from COVID-19 vaccine requirements at the international border, but unvaccinated drivers from the United States will be turned back starting Jan. 15, a spokesperson at the Canada Border Services Agency said on Wednesday.

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Canadian truck drivers arriving at the international border will also remain exempt from pre-arrival, arrival and post-arrival testing and quarantine requirements, Rebecca Purdy, the agency’s spokesperson, said.

B.C. businesses that defied COVID-19 closure orders ineligible for provincial grant

B.C. businesses that defied a public health order to close last month will be disqualified from receiving financial support from the province.

Close to 3,000 businesses that were forced to shut down just before Christmas are eligible for grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, based on their number of employees.

COVID-19: B.C. health-care system ‘stretched’ by staffing shortages

Signs that the COVID-19 Omicron variant is stretching B.C.’s health-care system to its limits have some worried about patient care.

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“We’re frightened for our patients,” said Danette Thomsen, interim vice-president of the B.C. Nurses’ Union.

Delta School District says all staff must be vaccinated, or face regular rapid tests

The Delta School District has voted to implement a proof of vaccination requirement for district staff.

In a news release the district said the move will help protect the health of teachers and students.

Board chair Val Windsor said: “After reviewing the many factors involved in this extremely sensitive and highly complex issue, the board of trustees believes introducing a proof of vaccination requirement is the right decision for public schools in Delta. We strongly urge any employees who have not yet been fully vaccinated to do so as soon as possible.

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“We continue to hear from public health of the need for unvaccinated people to get immunized as soon as possible as vaccines reduce people’s risk of severe illness.

“We feel very strongly about protecting our students and staff. We believe anything we can do to reduce their risk of getting COVID, lessen the severity of their symptoms or reduce their time away from work or school is worth doing.”

The release says district staff will have six weeks from Jan. 17 to “disclose their vaccination status.”

“Staff who are unvaccinated or who fail to disclose their vaccination status by the deadline will be required to undergo regular rapid testing in order to continue work” or take an unpaid leave of absence.

B.C. reported 2,859 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total cases in the province to 288,939

“There are currently 36,641 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 246,693 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 500 individuals are currently in hospital and 102 are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation,” the government said in a news release, noting that those numbers have not been verified because of a “delayed data refresh.”

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The new/active cases include:

* 982 new cases in Fraser Health
* Total active cases: 16,524

* 697 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
* Total active cases: 10,102

* 534 new cases in Interior Health
* Total active cases: 4,628

* 195 new cases in Northern Health
* Total active cases: 1,139

* 451 new cases in Island Health
* Total active cases: 4,245

Six deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, bring the total number of deaths in B.C. to 2,455.

Updated vaccination numbers were also released Wednesday.

“As of Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, 88.9% (4,429,847) of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.2% (4,148,538) have received their second dose.

“In addition, 92.2% (4,275,308) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 89.5% (4,148,174) received their second dose and 27.9% (1,293,926) have received a third dose.

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“Also, 92.6% (4,005,282) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose, 90% (3,891,188) received their second dose and 29.9% (1,292,823) have received a third dose.”

Five new health-care facility outbreaks were reported. They are at Langley Memorial Hospital, Laurel Place, Burnaby Hospital, Peace Arch Hospital and Kelowna General Hospital.

The outbreak at Ridgeview Lodge is over. There are 49 facilities currently dealing with outbreaks.

There are outbreaks at the following long term, acute care and assisted living facilities: The Oxford Senior Care Home, Fort Langley Seniors Community, AgeCare Harmony Court, New Vista Care Centre, Chartwell Langley Gardens, Chartwell Carlton Gardens, Chartwell Crescent Gardens, The Residence in Mission, Czorny Alzheimer Centre, George Derby Centre, White Rock Seniors Village, CareLife Fleetwood, Evergreen Baptist Care Society, Hilton Villa Seniors Community, Kinsmen Lodge, Kiwanis Care Centre, Peace Arch Hospital Foundation Lodge, Morgan Place, Maple Ridge Seniors Village, Dania Home, Amica White Rock, Glenwood Seniors Community (Fraser Health);

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*Kopernik Lodge, Fraserview Retirement Community, Lakeview Care Centre, St. Vincent’s Langara, German Canadian Benevolent Society Home, Crofton Manor

* Mount Cartier Court, Sun Pointe Village

* Amica Douglas House, Aberdeen Hospital, Eden Gardens, Glenwarren Lodge, Kiwanis Village Lodge, Selkirk Seniors Village, Clover Point Care, Saanich Peninsula Hospital – Long Term Care, and Oyster Harbour

* Surrey Memorial Hospital, Eagle Ridge Hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital, Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Langley Memorial Hospital, Laurel Place, Burnaby Hospital, Peace Arch Hospital (Fraser Health); and Kelowna General Hospital and The Waverly Seniors Village.

“From Jan. 4-10, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 20.1% of cases and from Dec. 28 to Jan. 10, they accounted for 35.9% of hospitalizations,” the government said in their pandemic update. 

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DEATHS BY HEALTH AUTHORITY


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER


WHAT’S HAPPENING ACROSS CANADA


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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