Friday, December 18, 2020

624 cases of COVID reported today to bring the week to an end

The case count remains stagnant in the low to mid six hundreds for the final report of the week from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix. with the Surrey/Fraser Valley region continuing to deliver the highest levels in the province

“Today, we are reporting 624 new cases of COVID-19, including four epi-linked cases, for a total of 45,400 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 9,978 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 356 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 92 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation. 

Currently, 10,211 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 33,589 people who tested positive have recovered.

There have been 11 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 724 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Across the province, the Health Authorities have reported the following case counts:   106 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 406 new cases in the Fraser Health region, five in the Island Health region, 60 in the Interior Health region, 47 in the Northern Health region bringing the Northern BC total to 1,509 since January.

There were no new cases of COVID in BC reported in people who reside outside of Canada. 

Another reminder of how the vaccine program will roll out was provided as well with BC anticipating the arrival of more vaccines and different variations of them in the New Year.

 “Yesterday, 1,376 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were given to B.C. front-line health-care workers, for a total of 2,592 doses to date. 

The focus of our immunization program right now is to safely protect as many people as possible as efficiently as we can, but we have to remember that this is a global effort with many aspects often changing. 

As more vaccine arrives in the coming weeks, we all need to be patient and continue to follow public health orders to keep our communities safe."

The two top public health officials also provided a few suggestions towards celebrating the holiday season ahead with the proper measures in mind.


You can review the Friday statement here

The BC Centre for Disease control has some valuable Coronavirus notes related to COVID-19 you can explore that information here.

You can learn more about the outbreak from both the Province and the Federal government from the links below:

Federal Government site

British Columbia Government site

The World Health Organization website also offers up the latest advisories on the global situation.

More from  Northern Health can be reviewed here 

You can review our archive of past statements and local information here.

Local governments and organizations have also provided for increased awareness of COVID-19 issues, those past advisories  can be reviewed here.

For notes from across Canada and British Columbia we have been archiving the latest items through our political portal Darcy McGee

Ottawa Observations

Victoria Viewpoints 

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