The variety of British Columbians in hospital with COVID-19 decreased barely this week, at the same time as new transmissions proceed to inch upwards throughout B.C.’s third Omicron wave.
On Thursday, 406 individuals had been in hospital with the virus, a slight drop from 426 final Thursday. Out of those, 30 had been in vital care.
In response to the B.C. Centre for Illness Management’s most up-to-date weekly COVID-19 report, launched Thursday, there have been 1,044 new instances recorded throughout the province from July 10 to 16, up from 973 the earlier week.
This determine has been on an upwards swing since mid-June when new instances had been within the mid-600s. This quantity additionally doesn’t replicate the true variety of COVID-19 instances within the B.C. attributable to restricted PCR testing availability and since outcomes of at-home fast take a look at kits should not included within the official rely.
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What are B.C.’s present public well being measures?
MASKS: Masks should not required in public indoor settings although particular person companies and occasion organizers can select to require them.
Masks are additionally inspired however not required on board public transit and B.C. Ferries, although they’re nonetheless required in federally regulated journey areas similar to trains, airports and airplanes, and in well being care settings.
GATHERINGS AND EVENTS: There are at present no restrictions on gatherings and occasions similar to private gatherings, weddings, funerals, worship providers, train and health actions, and swimming swimming pools.There are additionally no restrictions or capability limits on eating places, pubs, bars and nightclubs; and no restrictions on sport actions.
CARE HOMES: There are not any capability restrictions on guests to long-term care and seniors’ assisted dwelling amenities, nevertheless, guests should present proof of vaccination earlier than visiting. Exemptions can be found for youngsters below the age of 12, these with a medical exemption, and guests attending for compassionate visits associated to end-of-life.
Guests to seniors’ properties are additionally required to take a fast antigen take a look at earlier than visiting the ability or be examined on arrival. Exemptions to testing can be found for these attending for compassionate visits or end-of-life care.
How do I get vaccinated in B.C.?
Everybody who resides in B.C. and eligible for a vaccine can obtain one by following these steps:
• Get registered on-line at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated to guide an appointment in your group.
• Or, in the event you favor, you may get registered after which go to a drop-in clinic in your well being authority.
• The system will provide you with a warning when it’s time to go on your second dose.
• The identical system can even provide you with a warning when it’s time on your booster dose.
The place can I get a COVID-19 take a look at?
TESTING CENTRES: B.C.’s COVID-19 take a look at assortment centres are at present solely testing these with signs who’re hospitalized, pregnant, thought-about excessive threat or stay/work with those that are excessive threat. You will discover a testing centre utilizing the B.C. Centre for Illness Management’s testing centre map.
When you’ve got gentle signs, you do not want a take a look at and will keep dwelling till your fever is gone. These with out signs don’t want a take a look at.
TAKE-HOME RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS: Eligible British Columbians over the age of 18 with a private well being quantity can go to a pharmacy to obtain a free take-home take a look at equipment containing 5 COVID-19 fast antigen exams.
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