Latest COVID-19 update and information as of December 10, 2020
Provincial health orders were extended until January 8.
Current public health orders are starting to impact the transmission of COVID-19 in BC. However, transmission remains high and we need to continue our efforts to reduce social interactions and stop the spread. The provincial health officer’s orders restricting all gatherings and events have been extended through to Jan. 8, 2021, at midnight. This includes gatherings in people’s homes and in public venues.
In BC, there are more COVID-19 cases and related deaths than ever before. Please remind family that live away from home that they need to stay home this Christmas, to protect our Elders and entire community.
See the bottom of this page for more details about the public health orders in place right now.
COVID-19 cases in British Columbia
Here are the latest case counts in British Columbia, as of Thursday, December 10.
As of Thursday, December 10
In the past week (December 4-10)
|– 9,524 active cases of COVID-19||– 4,639 new cases in BC|
|– 346 individuals currently hospitalized||– 839 new cases in Vancouver Health region|
|– 83 are in intensive care||– 2,926 new cases in Fraser Health region (Burnaby, Delta, Surrey, Chilliwack etc.)- 873 new cases in the rest of BC|
|– 40,060 cases total||– 106 deaths|
Holiday message from Chief and CAO
This week, Musqueam released two videos with holiday Covid-19 updates from council and staff.
Below is a message from Musqueam Chief Wayne Sparrow, asking everyone to do their part to keep Musqueam Covid-free by staying within your immediate households for the holidays.
- Musqueam Administration is closed from December 21 – January 1, reopening on Monday, January 4. Visit the website for emergency contacts during this time.
- Saturday, December 12 is drive-thru gift pick up for all Musqueam children.
- Turkeys and gift cards are available by request before Sunday, December 13: https://forms.gle/a7Yjwrt7AzovTip17
- Fisheries department has surplus salmon this year that will be distributed before the holidays.
Plan underway to distribute COVID-19 vaccines in BC.
The first limited round of approximately 4,000 COVID-19 immunizations will begin in the Lower Mainland next week now that vaccine deployment simulations are complete. BC will receive vaccines from Pfizer, then Moderna, to two Lower Mainland sites initially, before expanding to nine sites by January 2021.
These first vaccines will be administered to Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health Region health-care workers who work in long-term care homes and front-line health-care workers essential to the COVID-19 response. Vaccines will continue arriving each week in BC in increasing quantities, with expansion to other priority groups. Expected timelines will depend on vaccine approval and availability.
A registration and record system is in development, including a process to register for vaccine access and receive a formal record of immunization. All vaccines go through a rigorous regulatory scientific review process for safety, quality and efficacy at Health Canada before being made available to the public.
“Vaccines are part of the solution, but until we have enough for everyone,
we need to stay strong to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.”
– Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s Provincial Health Officer
Important COVID-19 links
- BC’s response to COVID-19: All information from the BC government about COVID-19.
- COVID-19 Provincial and federal benefits: British Columbians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can access income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services.
- Musqueam’s COVID-19 page: resources for members, including department contact information.
Current BC health orders
BC provincial health orders are extended through to Jan. 8, 2021 for individuals and businesses to significantly reduce social interactions and travel.
All in-person events and community-based gatherings are suspended.
- Funerals, weddings and baptisms may proceed with a limited number of people and a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. Maximum 10 people, including the officiant.
- Receptions associated with funerals, weddings or baptisms are not allowed at any location, that includes: inside or outside homes, any public or community-based venues.
- Religious in-person gatherings and worship services are suspended under the order.
- Restrictions in place for indoor physical activities and indoor/outdoor team sports.
- Going for a walk. Make sure a walk does not turn into a group of people meeting outside.
- Parents carpooling kids to and from school.
- Grandparents providing child care.
- Face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces in the province.
- Musqueam Reserve is still closed to non-residents. Please tell friends and family to stay at home and not visit for any reason.