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BC tops more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases, 49 deaths over weekend

The 49 new COVID-19 related deaths brings the total to 647 deaths in British Columbia.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today, we are reporting on three 24-hour periods. From Dec. 11 to 12, we had 698 new cases. From Dec. 12 to 13, we had 689 new cases and in the last 24 hours, we have had a further 759 new cases.

"This represents 2,146 new cases of COVID-19, including 16 epi-linked cases, for a total of 42,943 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 10,039 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 359 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 87 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Currently, 11,177 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 31,207 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Since we last reported, we have had 300 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,474 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 29 in the Island Health region, 250 in the Interior Health region, 91 in the Northern Health region and two new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

Update on Interior Health  numbers

 IH is reporting 250 new cases since Friday, for a total of 2,851

837 cases are active and on isolation

Twenty-eight people are in hospital; six of them in ICU.

Total number of deaths in IH remains at six.

Statement from Interior Health on COVID-19 cases and testing at Big White Ski Resort:

As we know COVID-19 is circulating throughout Interior Health, the province, and beyond.

Like many communities, we have detected cases of COVID-19 related to transmission caused by social activity in homes and accommodations.

This includes the resort municipality of Big White where Interior Health is investigating community cases of COVID-19 and performing contact tracing.

Given the remote circumstances of people who reside at Big White, we have deployed a testing team to expedite some testing. No outbreak has been declared.

Given the shared nature of some accommodations in the community, some asymptomatic testing is occurring as an attempt to identify possible cases early.

Activities at big White are safe for those who are visiting and following COVID-19 public health guidance.

Interior Health would like to thank Big White’s community leaders for their ongoing support as public health works to ensure any cases of COVID-19 are detected and supported as part of our ongoing efforts against COVID-19.

"There have been 49 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 647 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We have had three new health-care facility outbreaks at Jubilee Lodge, Fraserview Intermediate Care Lodge and Villa Carital. The outbreaks at Amica White Rock, West Coast General Hospital, Fellburn Care Centre - PATH, Fleetwood Villa, The Residence in Mission, Windermere Care Centre and Tsawaayuus Rainbow Gardens are over.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has meant a year like no other for all of us, doing things in ways we have never done before. This is the same for our holiday celebrations.

"We have to remember that every time we come together there is risk. No event or gathering is completely safe right now, because the virus continues to circulate in our communities.

"You may be doing all you can to protect your loved ones and yourself, and this is what we all need to be doing right now. Unfortunately, despite everything we are doing, there is still the potential that someone you spend time with may inadvertently bring the virus to the dinner table.

"Our homes don't have the many layers of protection that we find in other places. In our homes we spend more time close together, we aren't using masks and we don't have the barriers and safe distances that we see elsewhere.

"When more people get a COVID-19 vaccine and the number of cases declines, we'll be able to safely resume the activities that are paused right now.

"Following on the orders issued in early December, the new guidelines for low-intensity indoor group physical activity are now available. We ask that all businesses carefully review the guidelines to ensure all requirements are met before resuming operations.

"This holiday season, let's make the special occasions special in other ways by connecting virtually instead. Let's save our celebrations with loved ones until it is safe for us to get together once again."

Learn More:

For updated provincial health officer's (PHO) orders and new guidance:

For details on new restrictions, visit:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions

For updated PHO orders, visit:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus