118 active cases of COVID-19 on Vancouver Island — 20 new today

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There are 118 active cases of COVID-19 in Island Health, including 20 reported today. That number includes 71 in the central region, up 11 from yesterday, along with 31 in the south and 16 in the north.

Island Health reported a COVID-19 exposure event on Nov. 12 and 13 at Alberni District Secondary School in Port Alberni.

Across B.C., 762 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, according to a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

“There are 6,861 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Currently, 209 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 58 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation,” the statement said.

The province announced 10 new deaths from the virus. Currently there are 9,871 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus. No new community outbreaks were reported.

“This second surge is putting a strain on our health-care system, our workplaces and us all. We need to ease this pressure so we can continue to manage the virus in our province and also continue to do the many activities that are important to us,” the statement said. 

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