Tuesday, December 15, 2020

BC's Daily Case count shows declines on Tuesday, though with 21 more passings in the province from COVID

Tuesday's COVID review always seems to offer encouraging themes following the three day totals of Monday and this week was no exception, with a drop in the daily case count of reported cases of COVID, though the news tempered by the notice of 21 more British Columbians having passed away from the coronavirus.

The Tuesday report was delivered by way of a statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

“Today, we are reporting 522 new cases of COVID-19, including eight epi-linked cases, for a total of 43,463 cases in British Columbia. 

There are 9,860 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 361 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 93 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation. 

Currently, 10,768 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 31,866 people who tested positive have recovered.

“There have been 21 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 668 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Across the province each individual Health Authority relayed the following case counts for Tuesday:

84 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 338 new cases in the Fraser Health region, seven in the Island Health region, 56 in the Interior Health region, 37 in the Northern Health region, which brings the Northern BC total to 1,368. 

There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported in people who reside outside of Canada. 

Both the Doctor and the Health Minister made note of the arrival of vaccines for COVID in Canada and British Columbia, though with a caution that the situation is far from over just yet.

“Today is a momentous day in our province with the start of our first COVID-19 vaccine clinics. With immunizations now underway, those who are most vulnerable to severe illness have one more layer of protection that will get stronger as each new person gets immunized. 

Even as we look to brighter days ahead, we must remember that the pandemic is far from over. This is why, as we enter this next stage, using our layers of protection and following all of the public health orders is more important than ever. 

No one wants to experience the tragedy of losing a loved one when this day of hope is upon us. So let’s make Dec. 15 a day for doing all we can to protect our communities and the people we care for most.”

You can review the Tuesday 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

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