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COVID-19 claims 21 lives in B.C.; third outbreak declared at Burnaby Hospital

Last Updated Dec 15, 2020 at 4:35 pm PST

FILE -- Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry at a COVID-19 briefing. (Courtesy Government of B.C./Flikr)
Summary

B.C. reports 21 COVID-19 deaths, 522 infections

Burnaby Hospital has been hit with its third outbreak of the virus

More people continue to be hospitalized because of COVID-19, marking a new record of 361

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Twenty-one people in B.C. have lost their lives to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours as the province administered its first COVID-19 vaccine.

Another 522 infections were added, which is the lowest single-day count since Nov. 20, for a total of 43,463 confirmed cases Tuesday.

More people continue to be hospitalized because of COVID-19, marking a new record of 361. The number of patients in critical care has also gone up to 93 people currently in the ICU.

In a joint release from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, they note the major step the province took earlier in the day by administering its first shot of the vaccine.

“With immunizations now underway, those who are most vulnerable to severe illness have one more layer of protection that will get stronger as each new person gets immunized,” the release reads. “Even as we look to brighter days ahead, we must remember that the pandemic is far from over. This is why, as we enter this next stage, using our layers of protection and following all of the public health orders is more important than ever.”

This comes as Burnaby Hospital has been hit with its third outbreak of the virus, but it isn’t connected to the previous ones. Twelve people died in the second outbreak that was declared over Dec. 10.

There’s also an outbreak at the Teck Resources Elkview and Fording River and a cluster at Big White.

The outbreak at Langley Memorial has ended.

-with files from Liza Yuzda and Marcella Bernardo