BC health officials announce 640 new COVID-19 cases

Dec 16 2020, 3:55 pm

British Columbia health officials announced 640 new test-positive coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 44,103.

In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that broken down by health region, this equates to 98 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 399 new cases in the Fraser Health region, five in the Island Health region, 91 in the Interior Health region, 47 in the Northern Health region

There have been 24 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 692 deaths in British Columbia

Currently, 10,538 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases

There are 9,950 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 362 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, 91 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Henry said that 32,276 individuals who tested positive have now recovered.

The statement also said there were 409 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine given out to frontline workers in the province on Tuesday.

“Starting next week, the province will receive weekly vaccine deliveries for clinics in every health region throughout the province. Specific timing will be provided once confirmed,” reads the statement.

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