VICTORIA – British Columbia has reported 16 additional COVID-19-related deaths and 656 new cases of the virus, according to a statement released late afternoon by health officials on Tuesday.
There are now 8,796 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, while the death toll in British Columbia has reached 457.
“We offer our condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix in a joint written statement.
There are currently 336 people hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment across British Columbia, including 76 people who require intensive care. Another 10,123 people are under active public health surveillance due to exposure to known cases of COVID-19.
A new outbreak in a health care facility was also reported in a long-term care home in the past 24 hours, while two outbreaks in a long-term care home were reported.
The province now has 61 active outbreaks in the health care system. Fifty-six of the outbreaks are in long-term care or assisted living facilities, while five are ongoing in acute care units.
The vast majority of Tuesday’s new COVID-19 cases were found in the Lower Mainland. Fraser Health Region has reported 408 new cases, while Coastal Vancouver Health Region has confirmed 140.
Elsewhere in the province, the Interior Health Region has found 83 new cases, the Northern Health Region has reported 15, and the Island Health Region has confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19.
Since the start of the pandemic, British Columbia has recorded a total of 33,894 cases of COVID-19.
On Tuesday, 23,774 people who tested positive for the virus in British Columbia recovered, according to health officials.
Henry and Dix both called on everyone to continue to follow the province’s strict temporary health measures, which are in effect until midnight on December 7.
“Without exception, follow the orders of the provincial health officer in place,” the couple said.
“Remember that events, which refer to anything that brings people together – whether on a one-off, regular or irregular basis – are not allowed at this time. This includes religious, cultural or community events, ”said Dix and Henry. “Don’t get together at home with anyone other than your home or central bubble. ”