Vancouver Island reports one new case of COVID-19 — one new death in the province

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Island Health reported one new case of COVID-19 today and 155 positive tests were processed across the province, according to a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Stephen Brown, deputy minister of health.

There are currently 1,512 active cases across the province, according to the statement, 18 more than yesterday. There are 3,713 people under public health monitoring and 9,387 people have recovered from the virus in B.C.

“Currently, 72 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 26 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation,” said the statement.

One new death was reported in the province related to COVID-19. No new health-care outbreaks were announced and there are 15 active outbreaks in long-term care facilities and two in acute care facilities.

There has been one new community outbreak at the Tim Hortons in Merritt, according to the statement and there continue to be exposure events around the province.

Advanced voting started yesterday for the provincial election and Henry is reminding British Columbians to stay safe while they cast their ballots.

“If you are planning on voting in person, remember to give others the space to stay safe when going to vote, wash your hands before and after voting and consider using a mask if distancing is a challenge,” she said in the statement.

People who are self isolating can vote without going to a voting place — British Columbians can contact Elections BC at 1 800 661-8683 for assistance.

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