41 active cases of COVID-19 on Vancouver Island — Active cases up by 442 province wide

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Vancouver Island now has 41 active cases of COVID-19 — 12 of which are in the central region. Island Health reported a total of seven new cases today. There are 20 active in the south island and nine in the north.

Across the province, there are now 5,133 active cases — 442 more than yesterday. There were 525 new cases and 279 recoveries reported in a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

Currently 142 people are hospitalized with the virus, 46 of whom are in intensive care. Three people died from the virus in the last 24 hours. Currently, there are 9,781 people under public health monitoring because of identified exposure to known cases.

“A growing number of people in British Columbia are now self-isolating at home, away from their work, school, friends and family, which in turn is creating unnecessary financial and emotional strain for far too many,” the statement said. “We can turn this trend around and the time to do that is now.”

Henry put new restrictions in place on the weekend, specific to the Lower Mainland. The goal of these is to break chains of transmission to bring new case numbers down. Henry said it is important to put a hold on non-essential activities to ensure we maintain capacity in the healthcare system to allow people to continue essential activities, such as attending school.

“On Remembrance Day, let’s honour our veterans for all that they have done for our province and nation. Let’s recognize the sacrifices and hardship they faced and overcame by making our own small sacrifices right now,” the statement said.

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