BC health officials report 522 new COVID-19 cases

Dec 15 2020, 3:55 pm

BC health officials said on Tuesday that 522 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the province, bringing the provincially recorded total to 43,463.

In a written statement, BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that by specific health region, this equates to 84 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 338 in the Fraser Health region, seven in the Island Health region, 56 in the Interior Health region, 37 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

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

Currently, 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 British Columbia.

There has been one new healthcare facility outbreak at Burnaby Hospital. The outbreak at Langley Memorial Hospital long-term care facility has been declared over.

There has also been one new community outbreak at the Teck Resources Elkview and Fording River operations and a community cluster at Big White Ski Resort. The outbreaks at Cambridge and Newton Elementary schools are over.

A total of 31,866 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have now recovered.

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