(Dr. Bonnie Henry/BC Gov Flickr)

The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 625 new cases of COVID-19 across the province on Wednesday, for a total of 55,254 cases since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 178
  • Fraser Health: 305
  • Island Health: 28
  • Interior Health: 71
  • Northern Health: 43

The number of active cases in B.C. has decreased from 6,472 to 6,343.

There are now a total of 381 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 78 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 962.

8,719 people are in isolation, under active public health monitoring, after exposure to COVID-19.

A total of 46,728 people have recovered from novel coronavirus.

Outbreaks

Two new health-care facility outbreaks have been declared, at Chilliwack General Hospital and Sunnybank Retirement Home.

Outbreaks at Crofton Manor and CareLife Fleetwood are now over.

In total, there are 52 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

28 new cases were reported in the Island Health region on Wednesday, breaking a record of 27 cases on November 27.

As of Wednesday, there are 142 active cases remaining on the Island. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:

  • South Island: 58 | Total cases: 360
  • Central Island: 55 | Total cases: 441
  • North Island: 29 | Total cases: 228

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. 6
(Island Health)

Vaccinations

33,665(+5,456) 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, 87,573,284 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide. 1,888,929 have died, and 63,084,969 have recovered.

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