Since yesterday, there have been 624 more diagnosed COVID-19 cases in B.C., with 10,211 people being actively monitored.
- Total cases in B.C. since the pandemic began: 45,400. Of the new cases, the breakdown is as follows:
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 106 new cases
- Fraser Health: 406 new cases
- Island Health: 5 new cases
- Interior Health: 60 new cases
- Northern Health: 47 new cases
- Active cases: 9,978 (previously 10,009)
- Hospitalized cases: 356 (previously 358)
- Intensive care: 92 (previously 93)
- 11 new deaths (total deaths in BC to date: 724)
- Recovered: 33,589 (previously 32,376)
- individuals have been tested as of Dec 16, 2020
(was 1,351,612 individuals have been tested as of Dec 18, 2020)
- Suspected Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children or MIS-C: 16
One child under 5 has tested positive for MIS-C and COVID-19; that child is fully recovered
Yesterday, 1,376 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were given to B.C. front-line health-care workers, for a total of 2,592 doses to date.
“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 more vaccine arrives in the coming weeks, we all need to be patient and continue to follow public health orders to keep our communities safe.” – From today’s statement.
Common symptoms with COVID19 include fever/chills, persistent cough, loss of smell, and difficulty breathing. If symptoms appear call your health-care provider or 811 right away for further guidance. You can also check your symptoms online.
More from today’s statement:
“With the holiday season here, we are all looking to find creative and safe ways to connect with our families, friends and loved ones.
“For many, that means getting together virtually over a meal, watching holiday movie favourites or discovering new ways to connect safely from afar, such as a holiday bake off over video conference or hosting an online games night or scavenger hunt with friends.
“This holiday season is about finding ways to celebrate safely, knowing that what we are doing now will help ensure we can safely spend time with our loved ones in the new year.
“For young people throughout the province, today is the final day of school ahead of the holiday break. There are many ways for young people to enjoy this special time of year.
“Take a night-time walk in your neighbourhood to look at local light displays. Consider dropping off baked goods or homemade gifts or cards to neighbours or those in long-term care to brighten someone else’s day.
“Many of us will also be shopping in our local communities for last-minute gifts. We encourage everyone to be patient and kind to your fellow shoppers and to use your layers of protection to keep you, and those around you, safe.
“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.
“The steps we take in the last days of 2020 are going to ensure a brighter, healthier and safer 2021 for all of us.”
Access the BC COVID-19 dashboard for the latest case counts and information on recoveries, deaths, hospitalizations, testing and more:
Cases by Health Service Delivery Area
Click here (Updated weekly on Thursdays)
Previous provincial updates
- 525 new BC COVID-19 cases, Sept 21, 2021
- 1,692 new BC COVID-19 cases, Sept 20, 2021 (3 days)
- 768 new BC COVID-19 cases, Sept 17, 2021
- 706 new BC COVID-19 cases, Sept 16, 2021
- 661 new BC COVID-19 cases, Sept 15, 2021
- 677 new BC COVID-19 cases, Sept 14, 2021
- 1,984 new BC COVID-19 cases, Sept 13, 2021 (3 days)
- 820 new BC COVID-19 cases, Sept 10, 2021
- 774 new BC COVID-19 cases, Sept 9, 2021
- 814 new BC COVID-19 cases, Sept 8, 2021