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COVID-19 BULLETIN: December 14, 2020

Joint Statement: Dr. Bonnie Henry & Adrian Dix

Total new cases (December 11-14, 2020): 2,146 (16 epi-linked cases)

  • December 11-12: 698
  • December 12-13: 689
  • December 13-14: 759

Geographic Layout of new cases:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 300
  • Fraser Health: 1,474
  • Island Health: 29
  • Interior Health: 250
  • Northern Health: 91
  • People who reside outside of Canada: 2

Active cases of COVID-19: 10,039

  • Hospitalized cases: 359 (87 in intensive care)

People under active public health monitoring: 11,177

Recoveries: 31,207

Healthcare facility outbreaks:

  • Jubilee Lodge
  • Fraserview Intermediate Care Lodge
  • Villa Carital

“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.”