BC health officials to give written COVID-19 update on Wednesday afternoon

Jan 6 2021, 8:28 am

Health officials in British Columbia are scheduled to provide a written COVID-19 update on Wednesday afternoon.

The announcement follows a total of 428 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 54,629.

There are currently 6,472 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Additionally, there are 367 individuals currently hospitalized with the virus, 77 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

A total of 8,596 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and there have been eight new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 954 deaths in BC.

On Tuesday afternoon, the BC government also extended its state of emergency, which is now in effect through the end of the day on January 19, 2021.

The extension of the provincial state of emergency is based on recommendations from BC’s health and emergency management officials. The original declaration was made on March 18, 2020, the day after Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry declared a public health emergency.

BC’s next live COVID-19 update is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.