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B.C. confirms 2,020 new cases of COVID-19, for total of 38,152

There have been 35 new COVID-19 related deaths in the province over the weekend.
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Dr. Bonnie Henry gives provincial update. Photo: Screengrab.

There are now 38,152 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 2,020 new cases Monday.

There were 647 cases from Friday to Saturday, 726 from Saturday to Sunday and 647 from Sunday to Monday. 

Ten of the new cases were epi-linked.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there have been 304 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,362 in the Fraser Health region, 45 in the Island Health region, 203 in the Interior Health region, 106 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There have been six health-care facility outbreaks and five outbreaks have been declared over. There are currently 57 active outbreaks at long-term facilities and eight in acute care. 

There has been one new community outbreak at a mink farm in the Fraser Health region.

There have been 35 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 527 deaths in British Columbia.

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 349 individuals are hospitalized, 77 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. As well, 10,747 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

There are 9,380 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 27,287 people who tested positive have recovered.

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

Under the Government’s Emergency Program Act, some orders can be enforced by police or other compliance and enforcement officials. People who don't follow these orders could be fined.

Dr. Bonnie Henry extends B.C.-wide COVID-19 restrictions until Jan. 8

"We are not yet through this storm. And we cannot let up now."

Health officials announced today that the province-wide COVID-19 restrictions will be extended until Jan. 8, 2021. However, one exception is for drive-in and drop-off events, where people do not get out of their cars. In these cases, a maximum of 50 cars is permitted. 

The restrictions on group fitness, adult team sports, and all events and social gatherings are suspended to significantly reduce COVID-19 transmission related to social interactions and travel. 

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry made the announcement this afternoon during the daily COVID-19 press briefing. 

Read more here.