COVID-19 at UBC: Case rates remain unchanged as pediatric vaccinations begin

COVID-19 case rates at UBC remain stable, according to updated data from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

From November 23 to November 29, the UBC neighbourhood saw an average of two daily cases per 100,000 residents, unchanged from last week. The test positivity rate also remains stable at one per cent. A data note explains that the BCCDC will only report the positivity rate for publicly funded tests moving forward. This figure now excludes private testing such as asymptomatic screening programs on film sets.

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

Vaccination coverage remains nearly unchanged from last week with 98 per cent of eligible residents 12+ having received one dose and 96 per cent with two doses.

The rapid testing clinical trial at Irving K. Barber Learning Centre unexpectedly closed in late October without explanation. Dr. Sabrina Wong, lead investigator for the study, was unable to comment due to the nature of the ongoing review. The closure is described as temporary but no timeline for reopening has been provided to date.

Vaccination clinics for children ages 5–11 opened with approximately 100,000 of the 350,000 eligible children in this age group registered as of Monday morning. Across the province, case counts continue to fall with the seven-day rolling average at 345 daily cases, down from a fourth-wave peak of 753 in late September.