COVID-19 at UBC: Slight uptick in case counts as BC records five cases of Omicron variant

The UBC neighbourhood has seen a slight uptick in COVID-19 cases.

According to data from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), the UBC neighbourhood saw an average of five daily cases per 100,000 residents from November 23 to November 29. This is up from the previous week’s daily average of two cases per 100,000 residents.

BCCDC data only includes people with a permanent address in the UBC community health area and does not include commuter students.

Testing positivity also increased slightly from one per cent to two per cent.

Vaccination coverage for those 12+ has remained unchanged. Ninety-eight per cent of residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 96 per cent have received their second.

As for children 5–11 who live in the neighbourhood, 18 per cent have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of December 6. Vaccinations for children of this age group began on November 29.

Sixty per cent of residents 70+ have received their third dose of the vaccine.

The new Omicron variant continues to be of concern for BC and for students hoping to return home for the holidays. BC has identified five cases of the variant so far, all related to travel. Yesterday, BC reported 379 new cases of COVID-19.