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The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 761 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Thursday, for a total of 56,015 cases since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 94
  • Fraser Health: 484
  • Island Health: 23
  • Interior Health: 96
  • Northern Health: 64

The number of active cases in B.C. has increased from 6,343 to 6,349.

There are now a total of 372 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 74 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 970.

8,849 people are in isolation, under active public health monitoring, after exposure to COVID-19.

A total of 47,374 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.


One new health-care facility outbreak has been declared, at Ts’i’ts’uwatul’ Lelum Assisted Living in Island Health.

In total, there are 51 assisted-living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings and 10 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.

Island Health

23 new cases were reported in the Island Health region on Thursday.

As of Wednesday, there are 152 active cases remaining in the region, according to Island Health. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:

  • South Island: 53 | Total cases: 360
  • Central Island: 73 | Total cases: 460
  • North Island: 26 | Total cases: 230

No new deaths were reported in the Island Health region. Nine people are currently hospitalized, 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 Jan. 7
(Island Health)


41,064 (+7,399) people have been inoculated against COVID-19 across B.C. with vaccinations from Pfizer and Moderna.

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, 88,392,456 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 1,904,354 have died, and 63,532,947 have recovered.

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