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Province of British Columbia
INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2021HLTH0232-002427
Dec. 20, 2021
Ministry of Health
B.C. COVID-19 pandemic update

VICTORIA – As of Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, 87.3% (4,352,063) of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 82.6% (4,118,432) have received their second dose.

In addition, 91.7% (4,250,903) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 88.8% (4,118,375) have received their second dose and 16% (727,761) have received a third dose.

Also, 92.1% (3,982,962) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose, 89.3% (3,863,965) received their second dose and 17% (726,994) have received a third dose.

Over a three-day period, B.C. is reporting 2,550 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 228,335 cases in the province:

  • Dec. 17-18: 911 new cases
  • Dec. 18-19: 832 new cases
  • Dec. 19-20: 807 new cases

There are 5,435 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 220,348 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 185 individuals are in hospital and 77 are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

The new/active cases include:

  • 877 new cases in Fraser Health
    • Total active cases: 1,707
  • 909 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
    • Total active cases: 1,823
  • 268 new cases in Interior Health
    • Total active cases: 648
  • 81 new cases in Northern Health
    • Total active cases: 236
  • 415 new cases in Island Health
    • Total active cases: 1,021
  • no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada
    • Total active cases: zero

In the last 72 hours, three new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 2,402.

The new deaths include:

  • Fraser Health: one
  • Northern Health: one
  • Island Health: one

Public health is monitoring the increase in cases in British Columbia and developments in other jurisdictions, and will outline additional COVID-19 measures during Tuesday’s regular media briefing.

Note: The update on cases of the Omicron variant of concern will be provided in tomorrow's COVID-19 pandemic update.

There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. There is one active outbreak in:

  • long-term care:
    • none
  • acute care:
    • Lions Gate Hospital (Vancouver Coastal Health)
  • assisted or independent living:
    • none

The outbreak at Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre (Island Health) has been declared over.

From Dec. 10-16, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 39.4% of cases.
From Dec. 3-16, they accounted for 71.4% of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Dec. 10-16) – Total 3,721

  • Not vaccinated: 1,397 (37.5%)
  • Partially vaccinated: 69 (1.9%)
  • Fully vaccinated: 2,255 (60.6%)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Dec. 3-16) – Total 154

  • Not vaccinated: 104 (67.5%)
  • Partially vaccinated: 6 (3.9%)
  • Fully vaccinated: 44 (28.6%)

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Dec. 10-16)    

  • Not vaccinated: 190.7
  • Partially vaccinated: 34.3
  • Fully vaccinated: 49.7

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Dec. 3-16)

  • Not vaccinated: 23.8
  • Partially vaccinated: 4.9
  • Fully vaccinated: 1.0

Since December 2020, the Province has administered 9,165,398 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines.

Learn More:

For the Dec. 17, 2021, announcement on new COVID-19 measures, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0230-002414

For the Dec. 14, 2021, modelling presentation, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/12.14.21_PHO_modelling.pdf

For the Nov. 23, 2021, announcement on COVID-19 pediatric vaccine for children aged 5-11, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0209-002245

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/children

For the Oct. 26, 2021, announcement on COVID-19 booster shots for all British Columbians, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/25604

For information on booster doses, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/booster

For regional restrictions in the Northern Health region, visit: https://www.northernhealth.ca/sites/northern_health/files/health-information/health-topics/orders/documents/nh-gatherings-events-orders-dec-2021.pdf

For information on a third dose for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register#immunocompromised

As they become available, information on school outbreaks will be posted online: www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures

For surgical renewal commitment progress reports, visit:

To learn about how B.C. counts its daily COVID-19 cases in hospitals, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0058-001844

To learn about the BC Vaccine Card and how to access yours, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html

For the Aug. 12, 2021, announcement on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for long-term care workers, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/25143

For information on breakthrough cases, see the BCCDC weekly data summary: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data#summary

Detailed data is posted daily on the BCCDC dashboard: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data or: www.bccdc.ca

To register to be immunized or to learn about getting your second dose, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register or https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/dose-2

For the provincial health officer’s orders and guidance, 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

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

The latest updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

For COVID-19 exposure events, updates and information, visit:

 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
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