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The BC Ministry of Health reported 2,046 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, December 23rd.

There have been 233,217 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 880
  • Fraser Health: 741
  • Island Health: 248
  • Interior Health: 123
  • Northern Health: 53
  • Resident outside Canada: 1

There have been 975 cases of the Omicron variant of concern confirmed in B.C.:

  • Fraser Health: 221
  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 496
  • Interior Health: 19
  • Northern Health: four
  • Island Health: 235

There are currently 8,739 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

221,872 people who tested positive have recovered.

There are now a total of 195 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 75 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 2,410.


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

There is a total of 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 248 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island region and 884 active cases.

Breakdown of cases on Vancouver Island:

  • South Vancouver Island  Active cases: 500 │Total Cases: 5981
  • Central Vancouver Island Active cases: 228│Total Cases: 6699
  • North Vancouver Island  Active cases: 156│Total Cases: 2475

41 people remain in hospital with 18 in ICU. 

There was 1 new deaths reported in the Island Health region today, and a total of 139 deaths on Vancouver Island.


As of Thursday, December 23rd:

  • 9,248,433 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC
  • 87.7% (4,372,428) of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 82.7% (4,124,437) have received their second dose.
  • 91.8% (4,255,333) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 89% (4,124,353) received their second dose and 17% (785,505) have received a third dose.
  • 92.2% (3,986,940) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose, 89.5% (3,869,327) received their second dose and 18% (784,714) have received a third dose.

You can view the worldwide stats here.

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