BC health officials announce 624 new COVID-19 cases

Dec 18 2020, 4:02 pm

British Columbia health officials announced 624 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 45,400.

In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that broken down by health region, there are 106 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 406 new cases in the Fraser Health region, five in the Island Health region, 60 in the Interior Health region, and 47 in the Northern Health region.

There are 9,978 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 356 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 92 of whom are in intensive care.

Currently, 10,211 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases

There have been 11 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 724 deaths in British Columbia.

A total of 33,589 people who tested positive have now recovered, as well.

“Yesterday, 1,376 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were given to BC front-line health-care workers, for a total of 2,592 doses to date,” said Henry. “The focus of our immunization program right now is to safely protect as many people as possible as efficiently as we can, but we have to remember that this is a global effort with many aspects often changing.”

As such, the steps “we take in the last days of 2020 are going to ensure a brighter, healthier and safer 2021 for all of us,” she said. “This holiday season will be like no other. It will be a quieter time than what many of us are used to, but it is important to remember that we will get through this storm.”