BC health officials report 673 new COVID-19 cases

Dec 17 2020, 3:46 pm

BC health officials said on Thursday that 673 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the province, bringing the provincially recorded total to 44,776.

During a press conference, BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that by specific health region, this equates to 145 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 403 in the Fraser Health region, four in the Island Health region, 66 in the Interior Health region, 47 in the Northern Health region and eight new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are 10,009 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 358 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 93 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Currently, 10,388 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 713 deaths in British Columbia.

A total of 32,963 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have now recovered.

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