(Dr. Bonnie Henry/Photo by Colin Smith Takes Pics)

The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 2,206 new cases of COVID-19 across the province over the past five days, for a total of 50,815 cases since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 378
  • Fraser Health: 1,375
  • Island Health: 44
  • Interior Health: 238
  • Northern Health: 171

The number of active cases in B.C. has dropped from 8,865 to 7,580.

There are now a total of 373 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 80 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

74 more people have died from COVID-related causes, bringing the provincial death toll to 882.

9,414 people are in isolation, under active public health monitoring, after exposure to COVID-19.

A total of 41,175 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.

Outbreaks

Eight new health-care facility outbreaks have been declared across the province in the last five days.

They include:

  • Fraser Health
    • Brookside Lodge in Surrey
    • Rideau Retirement Residence in Burnaby
    • The Emerald at Elim Village in Surrey
  • Interior Health
    • Heritage Square in Vernon
    • Nordic House in Vernon
  • Island Health
    • Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence in Nanaimo

In addition, two acute-care facility outbreaks have been declared at Vancouver General Hospital and the University Hospital in Northern B.C.

Outbreaks at PICS Assisted Living, Courtyard Terrace, Agassiz Seniors Community and Fort Langley Seniors Community have been declared over.

In total, there are 56 assisted-living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings and eight 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.


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Island Health

44 new cases were reported in the Island Health region on Tuesday, from a period of five days.

There are now 76 active cases remaining on the Island. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:

  • South Island: 41| Total cases: 313
  • Central Island: 19| Total cases: 390
  • North Island: 16| Total cases: 198

No new deaths were reported in the Island Health region. Seven 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.

Island Health Dec. 29
(Island Health)

Vaccinations

11,930 people have been inoculated against COVID-19 across B.C.

All of the current doses have been supplied by U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer, while the Moderna vaccine has begun to arrive as of Tuesday.

Dr. Bonnie Henry says that the Moderna vaccine will be prioritized for more rural areas, such as the North Island, due to its easier transport and storage needs.

Government agencies have set up a number of websites for British Columbians who need more information on COVID-19. Some links include:

At the time of this publication, 82,276,966 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 1,794,893 have died, and 58,302,837 have recovered.

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