COVID-19 update for January 4: Here is the latest news on the coronavirus in British Columbia



Here is your daily update with everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus situation in British Columbia.

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Here is your daily update with everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus situation in British Columbia for January 4, 2021.

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Here we’ll provide summaries of what’s happening in British Columbia so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they occur.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also receive the latest COVID-19 news in your inbox on weekday evenings at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter. here.


BC COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

In the last figures given on January 3 (partial):

• Total number of confirmed cases: 264,181 (20,811 active * as of December 31)
• New cases: 9,332 (4,033, 3,069 and 2,230)
• Total number of deaths: 2,420 (three new deaths) * as of December 31
• Hospitalized cases: 220 (up from nine) * as of December 31
• Intensive care: 73 (up from eight) * as of December 31
• Total vaccinations: 4,392,141 received the first dose (92% of the 12+ eligible population); 4,133,438 second doses (89.2%); 909,248 third doses (19.6%) * as of December 31
• Healing of an acute infection: 231,058 * as of December 31
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes and acute care facilities currently affected: Fifteen * as of December 31

IN DEPTH : Here are all of the cases of the novel coronavirus in British Columbia in 2021 | in 2020


GUIDES AND LINKS BC

• COVID-19: British Columbia’s vaccine passport is here and here’s how it works

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

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

• COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool in British Columbia


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in British Columbia

1:30 p.m. – BC health officials to hold COVID-19 update

Health officials are expected to update the COVID-19 situation in British Columbia after the New Years long weekend. You can watch it live at 1:30 p.m. on the Province of British Columbia YouTube Channel or here:

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Calls on the rise for the use of the N95 mask in British Columbia health facilities

VICTORIA – A growing number of healthcare experts are demanding that the province switch to the use of N95 masks in all healthcare settings and are encouraging members of the public to do the same.

Last week, provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry said “it’s inevitable” that everyone in British Columbia will be exposed to the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Now, an independent group of doctors, health scientists, politicians and community advocates have said Henry should do more to prevent this by ordering the wearing of premium respirators.

“I don’t think anyone should say it’s inevitable that everyone gets Omicron. If we don’t respond by following science, we will. We should react to the science and ask everyone to wear a premium mask like an N95 respirator or equivalent, ”said Dr. Lyne Filiatrault, retired emergency physician and member of Save Our Province BC

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It is the latest group to demand that the province change its policy and require all healthcare workers and visitors to healthcare facilities to wear N95 masks.

– Lisa Cordasco

Vancouver’s Storm Crow Alehouse Cites COVID Closures as Closing

The Storm Crow Alehouse has suffered a critical hit and will close its doors for good this month.

Citing the impacts of closures caused by COVID, supply chain disruptions, staff shortages, construction near the Broadway SkyTrain and Omicron’s final blow, the popular nerd bar and restaurant will close later this month – ci at a date to be determined Date.

“With great sorrow, we have to announce that the Storm Crow Alehouse will close its doors permanently in January,” read a statement shared on Twitter.

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British Columbia Courts Postpone In-Person Trials As COVID Cases Rise

British Columbia’s supreme and provincial courts are postponing in-person trials this week as they work with public health officials to update their COVID-19 safety policies.

Courts said in a written statement that all in-person civil and family cases scheduled between Jan. 4 and 7 will be postponed due to “the rapid and worrying increase in COVID-19 in the province,” but all virtual procedures will continue as planned.

The Supreme Court is asking all lawyers and defendants scheduled to appear this week to telephone the court at the time of their proceedings to agree on a new date.

He said criminal trials and preliminary inquiries for people already in detention will remain on the agenda, with judges deciding whether they should take place on the date of the proceedings.

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He indicates that legal proceedings for those not detained will be automatically postponed.

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– The Canadian Press


WEEKLY COVID CASE NUMBER OF BC, VACCINATION RATE

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


BC VACCINE MONITORING



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

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

• COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool in British Columbia

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

• HealthLink BC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Page

• British Columbia Center for Disease Control – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

• World Health Organization – Coronavirus Disease Outbreak (COVID-19)

– With files from The Canadian Press

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