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B.C. confirms 640 new cases of COVID-19, for total of 44,103

There have been 24 new COVID-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours
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Dr. Bonnie Henry gives COVID-19 update for B.C. Screengrab.

There are now 44,103 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 640 new cases Wednesday.

One of the new cases is epi-linked.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there have been 98 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 399 in the Fraser Health region, five in the Island Health region, 91 in the Interior Health region, 47 in the Northern Health region and no new cases from people who reside outside of Canada.

There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at Sunrise of Vancouver. The outbreaks at Sun Pointe Village, Gateway Lodge and the University Hospital of Northern BC are over.

There have been no new community outbreaks.

There have been 24 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 692 deaths in British Columbia.

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 362 individuals are hospitalized, 91 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. There are 10,538 people under active public health monitoring for the virus. 

There are 9,950 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 32,376 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.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to front-line health-care workers

Yesterday, 409 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were given to B.C. front-line health-care workers. Starting next week, the province will receive weekly vaccine deliveries for clinics in every health region throughout the province. Specific timing will be provided once confirmed.

“We can all be a part of B.C.’s COVID-19 response team – the team that is pulling together and making a difference through this difficult time. Our team is made of hundreds of thousands of people throughout B.C. who are doing their part – at work, at school and at home.

“Let’s ensure we are using our layers of protection and following all of the public health orders, which is more important than ever right now, especially during the holiday season.

“Many people have already made the commitment to make their holiday celebrations safe celebrations – by staying small and connecting virtually instead. There are countless creative ways for us to have those important connections and also protect our communities and the people we care for most. Let’s continue to do our part and break the chain of transmission in B.C.”