Vancouver Island reported four new cases of COVID-19 today and now has 22 active cases, according to Island Health. There are six active cases in central Vancouver Island and eight in both north and south Vancouver Island.
Across the province, there were 335 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, according to a joint statement form Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, B.C. health minister.
There are now 103 more active cases than there were yesterday with the 335 recoveries since yesterday taken into account — there are a total of 3,120 active cases. There are now 7,133 people under public health monitoring as a result of potential exposure to the virus, according to the statement.
There are 92 people hospitalized with COVID-19, the same as yesterday. Of these cases, 25 are in critical care.
There was one new death from the virus in B.C.
The statement defended the province’s decision to keep regulations province-wide, rather than specific to regions with increased spread of the virus.
“Here in B.C., we have one COVID-19 curve because the risks are everywhere and no community or person is immune. The virus doesn’t recognize community boundaries or regional borders,” said the statement.
A small cluster in one region can quickly become an outbreak and be spread to another, it said.
“Our layers of protection are how we protect each other and, importantly, work best when used together. Let’s remember to wash our hands frequently and wear a mask when inside, close or public spaces, and let’s also keep our groups small inside and outside our homes.”