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

The BC Ministry of Health reported 1,308 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, December 21st.

There have been 229,643 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 525
  • Fraser Health: 419
  • Island Health: 202
  • Interior Health: 138
  • Northern Health: 23
  • Resident outside Canada: 1

There have been 756 cases of the Omicron variant of concern identified in BC:

  • Fraser Health: 129
  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 413
  • Interior Health: 8
  • Northern Health: 2
  • Island Health: 204

There are currently 6,348 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

220,741 people who tested positive have recovered.

There are now a total of 192 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 76 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

1 new person has died from COVID-related causes, making the provincial death toll 2,403.

Outbreaks

There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks in the province.

There is 1 ongoing health care outbreak in the province.

There are currently no health care outbreaks in the Island Health region.

Island Health:

Island Health reported 202 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island region and 875 active cases.

Breakdown of cases on Vancouver Island:

  • South Vancouver Island  Active cases: 494 │Total Cases: 5770
  • Central Vancouver Island Active cases: 196 │ Total Cases: 6600
  • North Vancouver Island  Active cases: 185│Total Cases: 2437

40 people remain in hospital with 15 in ICU.

There were no new deaths reported in the Island Health region today, and a total of 136 deaths on Vancouver Island.

Vaccinations

As of Tuesday, December 21st: 

  • 9,190,914 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC
  • 87.5% (4,359,335) of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 82.7% (4,120,332) have received their second dose.
  • 91.7% (4,252,249) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 88.9% (4,120,270) received their second dose and 16% (744,549) have received a third dose.
  • 92.1% (3,984,161) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose, 89.4% (3,865,665) have received their second dose and 17% (743,778) have received a third dose.

You can view the worldwide stats here.

Subscribe to the Victoria Buzz newsletter to receive the latest news, events and more directly to your inbox. Every day.