Island Well being’s prime physician, Dr. Richard Stanwick, confirmed Friday that a minimum of 30 circumstances of COVID-19 have sprung up in a cluster amongst college students on the College of Victoria.
The circumstances are linked to 2 off-campus events this previous weekend – involving enterprise faculty college students and varsity athletes.
Stanwick mentioned Friday that the events might have been bigger than very best, however famous most everybody at them would have been immunized, citing a survey that reported greater than 97 per cent of UVic college students surveyed have been totally vaccinated.
“This can be a inhabitants who did what we requested of them; they rolled up their sleeves and so they received vaccinated,” mentioned Stanwick.
The College of Victoria says it’s taking steps to maintain individuals protected, together with offering on-line exams for college kids within the enterprise program and what it calls “alternate exams” for pupil athletes.
An enormous check this winter might be how shortly will the Omicron variant spreads, and the way extreme the diseases brought on by this newest pressure might be.
In the mean time, there are solely 89 confirmed circumstances of it Canada-wide. However Canada’s prime physician, Dr. Theresa Tam, says if Omicron replaces Delta because the dominant variant, circumstances may rise to 12,000 a day earlier than the brand new 12 months. She urged people on Friday to maintain gatherings small.
“That is one other bump on the street and we nonetheless don’t know sufficient in regards to the Omicron variant besides it seems prefer it’s very transmissible,” mentioned Tam.
In B.C., the place solely a small share of the out there fast check kits have been used, the province says it’s contemplating utilizing them for teenagers – to assist mother and father determine if they need to go to high school – however for asymptomatic people who find themselves vaccinated, the fast checks are usually not seen as efficient or environment friendly. Provincial well being officer Dr. Bonnie Henry mentioned this week that in these circumstances, fast checks produce a “low yield.”
However some specialists say even when the fast checks miss optimistic circumstances 30 per cent of the time, they nonetheless needs to be used extra.
“It’s a missed alternative for us to not be utilizing these fast checks, it truly is,” mentioned Dr. Brian Conway, the top of the Vancouver Infectious Illness Centre. “It’ll permit us to search out extra individuals locally extra shortly.”
Stanwick reminded people Friday that even with vaccines, 10 to twenty per cent of individuals will get COVID-19, however amongst vaccinated individuals the illness will probably solely include delicate signs.
What’s nonetheless unknown is how effectively the vaccines shield towards Omicron. We must always know that as early as subsequent week.