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COVID-19 update for Dec. 18: Online applications start for BC Recovery Benefit

The latest case numbers, exposure alerts and guidelines: Here's your daily update with everything you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C..
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IN-DEPTH:COVID-19: Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus

B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

• COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

• COVID-19 FAQ: What you need to know about the vaccine rollout in B.C.

• COVID-19: Have you been exposed? Here are all B.C. public health alerts

• COVID-19 at B.C. schools: Here are the school district exposure alerts

• COVID-19: Avoid these hand sanitizers that are recalled in Canada

• COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

• B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

3 p.m. – Health officials are set to share latest figures on COVID-19 in B.C.

Health officials are expected to update the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province.

8:30 a.m. – Online applications for B.C.’s Recovery Benefit start today

Online applications open today for the up to $1,000 B.C. Recovery Benefit. Phone applications start on Monday at 8:30 a.m. You have until June 30, 2021 to apply.

To learn more about the recovery benefit read COVID-19: What is the B.C. recovery benefit and how do I apply?

The one-time payment is tax-free and the amount will vary depending on an individual’s or family’s income.

12 a.m.– Health officials announce 673 new cases, 21 deaths

Provincial health officials confirmed another 673 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and 21 additional deaths.

The daily update from Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, and health minister Dix sees total cases climb to 44,776, and total deaths increase to 713.

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