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The BC Ministry of Health reported 789 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, December 17th.

There have been 225,785 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

New cases were reported in these health regions:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 286
  • Fraser Health: 186
  • Island Health: 147
  • Interior Health: 131
  • Northern Health: 39
  • Resident outside Canada: 0

There have been 302 cases of the Omicron variant of concern identified in B.C.:

  • Fraser Health: 58
  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 93
  • Interior Health: five
  • Northern Health: one
  • Island Health: 145

There are currently 4,313 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

218,960 people who tested positive have recovered.

There are now a total of 191 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 74 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 at 2,399.

Outbreaks

There have been one new health-care facility outbreaks at Lions Gate Hospital (Vancouver Coastal Health).

There are a total of 1 ongoing health care outbreaks in the province.

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

Island Health:

Island Health reported 147 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island region and 801 active cases.

Breakdown of cases on Vancouver Island:

  • South Vancouver Island  Active cases: 379│Total Cases: 5414
  • Central Vancouver Island Active cases: 226 │ Total Cases: 6489
  • North Vancouver Island  Active cases: 196│Total Cases: 2316

42 people remain in hospital with 14 in ICU. 

There was no new deaths reported in the Island Health region today, and a total of 135 deaths on Vancouver Island.

Vaccinations

As of Wednesday, December 15th: 

  • 9,101,805 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC
  • 86.9% (4,332,204) of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 82.5% (4,113,484) have received their second dose.
  • 91.6% (4,247,470) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 88.7% (4,113,431) received their second dose and 15% (688,167) have received a third dose.
  •  92% (3,979,851) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose, 89.2% (3,859,565) received their second dose and 16% (687,413) have received a third dose.

You can view the worldwide stats here.

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