BC health officials to give live COVID-19 update on Thursday afternoon

Dec 10 2020, 8:41 am

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

The announcement comes after 619 new test-positive coronavirus cases were declared on Wednesday, bringing the provincially recorded total to 39,337.

During a live presentation, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that there were 338 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, 75 of whom are in intensive care. Health officials also announced 16 new COVID-19 deaths, for a total of 559 virus-related fatalities.

There are currently 9,329 active cases in the province, with 11,526 under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

During Wednesday’s update, Henry and other health officials also explained the logistics behind the coming COVID-19 vaccines, including how they work and who would be receiving them first.

The first 4,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine that BC is receiving next week will go to workers in long-term care homes and other healthcare workers on the front lines.

Over the next six months, the vaccine will be prioritized for long-term care residents, seniors, shelter residents, and Indigenous communities, as well as other essential workers such as firefighters, police, teachers, grocery store workers, and food processing plant staff.

Thursday’s COVID-19 update is scheduled to begin at 3 pm PST and can be streamed online.