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Eleven COVID-19 deaths in B.C., risk high until vaccine is ready for all: top doctor

Last Updated Dec 11, 2020 at 4:17 pm PST

FILE - Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry during a COVID-19 briefing Dec. 10, 2020. (Courtesy Government of B.C./Flikr)

B.C. reports 11 COVID-19 deaths, 737 infections

Three more healthcare facilities and one school have outbreaks

342 patients have been hospitalized with the virus, 87 are in intensive care

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — As COVID-19 continues to move through the community, there is still a high risk for all British Columbians until the vaccine is ready for everyone, the provincial health officer says after another 11 people lost their lives to the virus.

In a joint release with Health Minister Adrian Dix Friday, Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 737 new infections, with more than half being residents in the Fraser Health region.

Since the pandemic hit B.C., 598 people have died in the province from the virus.

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“COVID-19 continues to circulate in our communities and the risk to all of us remains high,” Henry writes. “This is why it is so important to follow the public health orders and to use our layers of protection until the vaccine is available for all of us.”

After vaccines arrive next week, healthcare workers at one location in the Fraser Health region and at one in the Vancouver Coastal region will be the first in B.C. to be immunized.

There are 87 people in intensive care, four more than Thursday. There are 342 patients hospitalized overall.

Outbreaks have been confirmed at three more healthcare facilities — Agassiz Seniors Community, Hilton Villa Seniors Community, and St. Michael’s Centre — and Henry noted one more community outbreak at Regent Christian Academy, a private school in Surrey. At least 30 positive tests have been connected to the school.

The outbreaks at Veterans Memorial Lodge, Amica White Rock and Burnaby Hospital ended.

“We will get through this storm by supporting each other in our shared efforts. Let’s break the chain of transmission in our province and do our part to keep our communities, neighbours, friends, and loved ones safe,” Henry writes.