Dr. Bonnie Henry (Colin Smith Takes Pics)

The BC Ministry of Health reported 753 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, December 16th.

There have been 224,998 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 240
  • Fraser Health: 232
  • Island Health: 137
  • Interior Health: 99
  • Northern Health: 45
  • Resident outside Canada: 0

There have been 135 cases of the Omicron variant of concern identified in B.C.:

  • Fraser Health: 38
  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 20
  • Interior Health: 5
  • Northern Health: 1
  • Island Health: 71

There are currently 3,878 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

218,616 people who tested positive have recovered.

There are now a total of 184 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 70 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units.

3 new people have died from COVID-related causes, making the provincial death toll 2,396.


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

The outbreak at Ponderosa Lodge (Interior Health) has been declared over.

There are no ongoing health care outbreaks in the province.

Island Health:

Island Health reported 137 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island region and 787 active cases.

Breakdown of cases on Vancouver Island:

  • South Vancouver Island  Active cases: 364 │Total Cases: 5352
  • Central Vancouver Island Active cases: 208 │ Total Cases: 6452
  • North Vancouver Island  Active cases: 215 │Total Cases: 2295

40 people remain in hospital with 7 in ICU. 

There was 1 new death reported in the Island Health region today, and a total of 135 deaths on Vancouver Island.


As of Wednesday, December 15th: 

  • 9,067,590 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC
  • 86.8% of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 82.5% have received their second dose.
  • 91.6% of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 88.7% received their second dose and 14% have received a third dose.
  • 92.0% of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose, 89.2%  received their second dose and 15% have received a third dose.

You can view the worldwide stats here.

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