BC health officials to give COVID-19 update on Tuesday afternoon

Dec 15 2020, 8:22 am

Health officials in British Columbia are scheduled to give a COVID-19 update on Tuesday afternoon.

The announcement follows 2,146 new test-positive cases that were confirmed on Monday, which includes three reporting periods.

During a press conference, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were 698 cases reported from Friday to Saturday, 689 from Saturday to Sunday, and 759 from Sunday to Monday. There were also 49 more deaths over the weekend, bringing the death toll to 647.

There are 10,039 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 11,177 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

Currently, 359 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 87 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Health officials also announced that the first doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine would be given to healthcare workers on Tuesday morning.

Final preparations are underway to deliver the shots at one location in Vancouver and another in Fraser Health, Henry said.

She added vaccine would take the pressure off BC’s healthcare system, so care is available to everyone who needs it.