Omicron's strain on B.C.'s hospitals deepens with health experts divided on when it will peak

The strain on British Columbia’s hospitals from COVID-19’s Omicron variant is deepening, with health experts warning its impact will be felt for months.

On Tuesday, the province announced more postponed surgeries, reduced ambulatory care services, and health-care staff redeployed to emergency wards in some regions.

“The impact is clear on our health system,” said Dr. Srinivas Murthy, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the University of B.C.’s Faculty of Medicine. “It’s going to continue to have this impact for months to come.

“Everybody has felt the strain.”

Health Minister Adrian Dix says the measures announced Tuesday are designed to stabilize the health-care system while the province continues to battle COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.

“We are determined

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