Another 485 people in BC tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced at a live update Wednesday.
That’s in line with new case numbers the province has seen so far over the holiday period.
She also announced a new Public Health Order banning liquor sales at bars, restaurants, and retail stores from 8 pm on New Year’s Eve to 9 am on New Year’s Day. The order is meant to curb New Year’s Eve parties and associated COVID-19 transmission.
In the last 24 hours another 11 people died from their infections, and health officials offered their condolences to the affected families.
Broken down by health region, there were 117 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 211 new cases in Fraser Health, 16 new cases in Island Health, 57 new cases in Interior Health, and 84 new cases in Northern Health.
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There are currently 7,551 active infections across the province. This includes the 379 people in hospital with COVID-19 and the 77 in intensive care.
Approximately 9,320 people are under “active public health monitoring,” meaning they’re in mandatory self-isolation because they were a close contact of an infected person.
The province has seen 51,300 COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began.
So far 14,027 people in BC have received the COVID-19 vaccine, and Henry received word Wednesday that the first shipments of Moderna vaccine have arrived in 10 remote Indigenous communities.