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B.C. confirms 1,667 new cases of COVID-19, for total of 47,067

There were 41 new COVID-19 related deaths over the weekend
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Dr. Bonnie Henry gives provincial COVID-19 update. Photo: Screengrab.

There are now 47,067 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 1,667 new cases Monday.

There were 652 new cases between Friday and Saturday, 486 between Saturday and Sunday, and 529 between Sunday and Monday. 

14 of the new cases are epi-linked.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there have been 283 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,084 in the Fraser Health region, 21 in the Island Health region, 189 in the Interior Health region, 90 in the Northern Health region and no new cases from people who reside outside of Canada.

There have been five new health-care facility outbreaks and five outbreaks have been declared over. In total, there are 55 outbreaks in long-term care facilities and six in acute care units. 

There have been new community outbreaks at two Coastal GasLink worksites in 7 Mile Lodge in the Burns Lake Local Health Area and in Little Rock Lake Lodge in Nechako Local Health Area.

There have been 41 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 713 deaths in British Columbia.

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 341 individuals are hospitalized, 80 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. There are 9,651 people under active public health monitoring for the virus. 

There are 9,718 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 35,455 people have recovered from the virus. 

Public alerts and notifications are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website and on all health authorities’ websites.

“We have to remember COVID-19 spreads quickly, but shows up slowly, and when it does appear, it can cause serious and life-threatening illness," said Henry.

“We are starting to see a levelling in the COVID-19 curve. At the same time, we are also seeing hundreds of new people each day with confirmed cases, many of whom have become severely ill, requiring care and treatment in hospital.

“The people getting sick today contracted the virus days ago, which is why the actions we take today make such a difference to our well-being tomorrow.

“Our health-care workers and front-line teams have been working non-stop to provide care to all those who need it and they are understandably in need of a reprieve.

“Today, on the longest night of the year, let’s do our part to give them the break they deserve. Let’s all share some light for our health-care workers and show them we care for them as much as they care for us.

“Together, let’s make this holiday season a safe season for all of us and do our part to make 2021 brighter, healthier and safer for everyone.”