British Columbia

What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Jan. 6

B.C. reported 625 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and eight more deaths on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, health officials announced 625 new cases of COVID-19 and 8 more deaths

People are pictured during high winds on the White Rock Pier in White Rock, British Columbia on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

THE LATEST:

  • The province says 90 per cent of patients whose surgeries were delayed during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic had their procedures completed by late November.
  • Two Vancouver Island city councillors have admitted to travelling outside the country during the holiday season. 
  • A public health alert is currently in place for the Revelstoke region after a sudden spike in cases.
  • Health officials reported 625 new COVID-19 cases and eight more deaths on Wednesday.
  • B.C. has 6,343 active cases as of Wednesday. So far, 962  people have died of the disease.
  • There are 381 COVID-19 patients in hospital, including 78 in intensive care.
  • Province has extended its state of emergency due to COVID-19. 
  • To date, 33,665 British Columbians have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • There are currently outbreaks at St. Paul's Hospital, Chilliwack General Hospital, the Sunnybank Retirement Home in Oliver, and University Hospital of Northern B.C.

Health Minister Adrian Dix says 90 per cent of patients — or around 29,100 people — whose surgeries were delayed during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring were able to have their procedures completed by late November.

The province cancelled scheduled procedures on March 16 and restarted them on May 18.

The remaining 10 per cent of patients who have not had their surgeries yet are expected to have them in the next two to three months, officials said.

B.C. reported 625 new cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths on Wednesday.

A public health alert has been issued for the Revelstoke region, where community transmission and new cases of COVID-19 have increased substantially in recent days.

Interior Health said in a news release Tuesday that 29 new cases had been identified in the last two weeks, and that the cumulative total in the area is now "above 85 cases'' since the start of the pandemic, up from 50 in early December.

The weekly case numbers in Revelstoke are higher than many other areas of B.C. on a per capita basis, and because there is no specific source for the new cases, the authority says it's important that everyone follow public health rules and get tested at the first sign of symptoms.

The province has 6,343 active cases of COVID-19 and 962 people have died of the disease. There are 381 COVID-19 patients in hospital, including 78 in intensive care, health officials reported.

COVID-19 outbreaks have been declared at St Paul's Hospital, Chilliwack General Hospital, the Sunnybank Retirement Home in Oliver, and the University Hospital of Northern B.C.

As of Wednesday, 33,665 people in B.C. have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

A briefing detailing B.C.'s latest COVID-19 case count is scheduled for 3 p.m. PT.

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What's happening elsewhere in Canada

As of Wednesday evening, Canada's COVID-19 death toll was at 16,369, according to a CBC News tally.

Canada's total case count was 626,800, according to the Government of Canada's COVID-19 dashboard.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common symptoms include:

       
  • Fever.
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  • Cough.
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  • Tiredness.
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  • Shortness of breath.
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  • Loss of taste or smell.
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  • Headache.

But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Use the B.C. Centre for Disease Control's COVID-19 self-assessment tool. Testing is recommended for anyone with symptoms of cold or flu, even if they're mild. People with severe difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, difficulty waking up or o​​​​​​ther extreme symptoms should call 911.

What can I do to protect myself?

       
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Keep them clean.
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  • Keep your distance from people who are sick.
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  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
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  • Wear a mask in indoor public spaces.
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  • Be aware of evolving travel advisories to different regions.

More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government's website.

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