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B.C. confirms 656 new cases of COVID-19, for total of 33,894

There have been 16 new COVID-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours
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Dr. Bonnie Henry gives COVID-19 update for B.C. Screengrab.

There are now 33,894 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 656 new cases Tuesday.

Three of the new cases were epi-linked.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there have been 140 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 408 in the Fraser Health region, 10 in the Island Health region, 83 in the Interior Health region, 15 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada

There has been a new health-care facility outbreak at The Harrison at Elim Village. The outbreaks at Holy Family Hospital and Jackman Manor are over.

There have been no new community outbreaks.

There have been 16 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 457 deaths in British Columbia.

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 336 individuals are hospitalized, 76 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. As well, 10,123 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

There are 8,796 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 23,774 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.

“As we acknowledge World AIDS Day and celebrate this Day of Giving, today is a day for kindness, compassion and giving back, despite the obstacles of COVID-19," said Henry.

“It is a time for all of us to pause, to think about the many people throughout our province, our nation and the world who have been impacted by COVID-19 and other global epidemics. It is also a time to think about what we can do to make a difference.

“Let’s be resilient in face of this surge. United and together, let’s make an impact today through our own personal actions.

“Without exception, follow the provincial health officer's orders in place. Remember that events, which refer to anything that gathers people together - whether on a one-time, regular or irregular basis - are not allowed for now. This includes religious, cultural or community events. Do not gather at home with anyone other than your household or core bubble. 

“Let’s make today a day to slow community transmission and continue to protect everyone in our province.”