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24 British Columbians die from COVID-19, 640 cases recorded

Last Updated Dec 16, 2020 at 11:49 pm PDT

FILE: A person wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 as they walk past the emergency department of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver Wednesday, November 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

It has been another deadly day in BC because of COVID-19 as another 24 people have died from the virus

640 more people have tested positive since Tuesday's report

Of the 362 people currently in hospital, 91 are in intensive care

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — It’s been another deadly day in B.C. because of COVID-19 with 24 more people losing their lives to the virus in the past day; a sobering reminder that even with the Pfizer vaccine now here in the province, British Columbians cannot let their guards down against this virus.

Overall, B.C.’s death toll has now reached 692.

The province has also recorded 640 new cases in the past day, including one epi-linked case, bringing the total in B.C. to 44,103 since this pandemic began.

399 of the new cases are centered in the Fraser Health region, which has been a COVID-19 hot spot for weeks.

Another person was hospitalized for a total of 362, and of those, ninety-one people are in intensive care.

Altogether, B.C. has 9,950 active cases and 10,538 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

32,376 people who tested positive have recovered.

There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at Sunrise of Vancouver, an assisted living facility, however, outbreaks at Sun Pointe Village, Gateway Lodge, and the University Hospital of Northern BC are over.

Meanwhile, a chicken processing plant in Surrey has been closed by Fraser Health, as 30 employees there have tested positive for COVID-19.

It’s happened at Wingtat Game Bird Packers Inc, which is located on 186th Street, near Golden Ears Way.

A release from Fraser Health says all of the employees at the facility have been screened, and contact tracing is ongoing.

Fraser Health adds according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, there is no evidence to suggest that food is a likely source or route of transmission for COVID-19.

On Tuesday, 409 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were given to front-line health-care workers, and starting next week, the province will receive weekly vaccine deliveries for clinics in every health region throughout the province.

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In a joint statement from the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix added, “We can all be a part of B.C.’s COVID-19 response team, the team that is pulling together and making a difference through this difficult time. Our team is made of hundreds of thousands of people throughout B.C. who are doing their part – at work, at school and at home.”

Henry and Dix add, as the holidays near, there are countless creative ways to connect with loved ones.

“Let’s continue to do our part and break the chain of transmission in B.C.”