New cases: 566 (2 epi-linked cases)
- Vancouver Coastal Health Region: 136
- Fraser Health Region: 297
- Island Health Region: 11
- Interior Health Region: 74
- Northern Health Region: 48
- People who reside outside of Canada: 0
Total cases in B.C. since the start of the pandemic: 38,718
Active Cases in B.C.: 9,315
- 352 individuals are hospitalized (74 in intensive care)
“While we have seen the start of encouraging trends in our COVID-19 curve, the number of new cases and people with serious illness requiring care in hospital remains high. This is why the public health orders and restrictions remain in place and why we must continue to stay local and keep to our households through the holiday season.
“Let’s make the coming weeks our ‘winter break’ by breaking the chain of transmission in our province. We can still be festive and enjoy the season, but let’s ensure it is only with our immediate household or, if you live on your own, with one or two close contacts.
“Take in the holiday lights in your neighbourhood, have a virtual visit with friends or support a ‘drive in and drop off’ charitable toy drive.
“Let’s work together to protect our communities and those who are most vulnerable and make it a safe and enjoyable holiday season for everyone.”