Loading articles...

11 COVID-19 deaths, 624 cases as B.C. health officials call for safe celebrations

Last Updated Dec 18, 2020 at 5:19 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. recorded 624 new COVID-19 infections, while 11 more people have died

2,592 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to frontline health-care workers

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Eleven more people have died because of COVID-19 in B.C., and health officials are asking Britsh Columbians to keep each other safe over the holidays.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint release another 624 infections have been recorded for a total of 45,400 since the pandemic hit the province.

RELATED: B.C. set for regular COVID-19 vaccine deliveries; 21 deaths, 673 infections reported

They note 2,592 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to frontline health-care workers so far. Regular deliveries of vaccine will start arriving in B.C. next week.

Heading into the first weekend before Christmas, health officials are asking everyone to find ways to celebrate the holidays safely.

RELATED: B.C. premier cancels family Christmas plans after COVID-19 rule confusion

With students off for winter break, and many British Columbians shopping for last-minute gifts, Henry and Dix remind everyone to be patient and use layers of protection, like mask-wearing and physical distancing.

“This holiday season is about finding ways to celebrate safely, knowing that what we are doing now will help ensure we can safely spend time with our loved ones in the new year,” the release reads.


Hospitalizations have remained high since they started increasing in November. There are 356 people in hospital because of the virus, with 92 in intensive care.

While this is the second day in a row without an outbreak in healthcare, there is another at Rossdown Natural Foods.

“This holiday season will be like no other. It will be a quieter time than what many of us are used to, but it is important to remember that we will get through this storm,” the release reads. “The steps we take in the last days of 2020 are going to ensure a brighter, healthier, and safer 2021 for all of us.”