The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 683 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Thursday, for a total of 51,983 cases since the pandemic began.
New cases were reported in these health regions:
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 105
- Fraser Health: 447
- Island Health: 11
- Interior Health: 64
- Northern Health: 36
The number of active cases in B.C. has increased from 7,551 to 7,803.
There are now a total of 374 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 76 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.
8 more people have died from COVID-related causes, bringing the provincial death toll to 901.
9,364 people are in isolation, under active public health monitoring, after exposure to COVID-19.
A total of 42,129 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.
Three new health-care facility outbreaks were declared across the province on Thursday, at Williams Lake Seniors Village, Ridge Meadow Hospital, and Langley Memorial Hospital long term care.
Two outbreaks have been declared over, at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Bamfield Pavillion.
In addition, the Bighorn Hotel community outbreak has been declared over.
In total, there are 52 assisted-living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings and nine acute-care facilities with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks.
Outbreaks and other exposure events can be linked to from the BC Centre for Disease Control website.
More COVID-19 coverage from Victoria Buzz, including local exposures and outbreaks.
11 new cases were reported in the Island Health region on Thursday.
As of Thursday, there are 82 active cases remaining on the Island. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:
- South Island: 44 | Total cases: 324
- Central Island: 16 | Total cases: 397
- North Island: 22 | Total cases: 207
No new deaths were reported in the Island Health region. Eight people remain in hospital, including two in intensive care units.
Island Health’s chart below shows the region’s COVID-19 curve over the course of the pandemic.
17,510 people have been inoculated against COVID-19 across B.C. with vaccinations from Pfizer and Moderna.
Dr. Bonnie Henry says that the first doses of vaccines in rural, remote and First Nation communities have now been administered as supplies continue to arrive.
Island Health has administered all of its current Pfizer supply, and will not have a vaccination clinic operating on January 1st, 2021.
Government agencies have set up a number of websites for British Columbians who need more information on COVID-19. Some links include:
- Details on the latest provincial restrictions
- BCCDC information on how to get tested
- Support for mental health and wellbeing
At the time of this publication, 83,741,025 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 1,824,028 have died, and 59,269,609 have recovered.