Island Health reported seven new cases of COVID-19 today. That number brings the island’s number of active cases to 26, including 12 in south Vancouver Island, six in central Vancouver Island and eight in north Vancouver Island.
There were 425 new cases across B.C., according to Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer. No new deaths were reported, but the number of people in hospital went up by five to 97 — 24 of which are in ICU (down one from yesterday.)
“The cases we’re reporting are from 11,020 tests that were done at labs around the province. That gives a provincial per cent positive of 3.8 per cent, which is a rise from what we have been seeing in the last few weeks,” said Henry.
There are now 3,389 active cases in B.C. and 7,519 people under public health monitoring as a result of potential exposure to the virus.
“There have been no new community outbreaks, but we continue to have ongoing clusters at workplaces and other venues around the province,” said Henry.
The BC Centre for Disease Control (CDC) set up a new COVID-19 epidemiology dashboard which allows users to see the comparison between B.C., other provinces and the world. The site will be updated every Tuesday and Friday, according to Henry.
“As we look to the recent numbers we’re all concerned and we’re watching things closely,” said Henry, adding public health anticipated higher case numbers coming with cooler weather and people spending more time indoors.