British Columbia health officials reported 656 new cases – including 10 cases on Vancouver Island – and 16 deaths from COVID-19 on Dec. 1.
The total number of confirmed cases in B.C. now stands at 33,894 while the death toll climbs to 457.
Of the new cases, 408 were recorded in Fraser Health, 140 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 10 in Island Health, 83 in Interior Health, and 15 in Northern Health.
There are presently 8,796 active cases in the province, 336 people in hospital – 76 of whom are in intensive care – and 10,123 people under active public health monitoring due to possible exposure to an identified case.
The announcement of 16 deaths from COVID-19 makes it one of the deadliest 24-hour periods in the province since the pandemic began. B.C. reported 17 deaths back on Nov. 23 and 46 deaths over the weekend.
On a positive note, there a total of 23,774 people have recovered from COVID-19.
Island Health has 246 active cases, an increase of 10 from Nov. 30. There are currently 60 (+2) active cases on southern Vancouver Island, 147 (+6) on central Vancouver Island, and 39 (+2) on northern Vancouver Island.
Over the course of the pandemic, the Island Health region has reported 639 cases.
Southern Vancouver Island includes the Greater Victoria region, Southern Gulf Islands and the Port Renfrew area.
Northern Vancouver Island coves the area from the Comox Valley to Port Hardy but also includes surrounding areas like Alert Bay and Sointula.
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