BC health officials to provide written COVID-19 update on Wednesday

Dec 16 2020, 9:27 am

Health officials in British Columbia are scheduled to give a written update on COVID-19 cases in the province on Wednesday afternoon.

The announcement follows 522 new test-positive coronavirus cases that were confirmed on Tuesday, bringing the provincially recorded total to 43,463.

There are currently 9,860 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Additionally, there are 361 individuals currently hospitalized with the virus, 93 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

A total of 10,768 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and there have been 21 new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 668 deaths in BC.

Tuesday marked a momentous occasion for British Columbia as well, as the first healthcare workers in the province received their COVID-19 vaccinations.

The shots were administered at two clinics with undisclosed locations to guard against tampering, one in Vancouver and the other in the Fraser Health region.

Interior Health also announced a COVID-19 cluster linking 60 cases to Big White Mountain.

The health authority says that “large households and social gatherings appear to be responsible for much of the COVID-19 transmission related to this cluster.”