Central Vancouver Island reaches 100 active cases of COVID-19

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There are 152 active cases of COVID-19 on Vancouver Island, including 48 cases reported over the weekend. That number includes 100 in the central region, up 15 since Friday, along with 40 in the south and 12 in the north.

The outbreak at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital has been declared over, according to Island Health. 

Across B.C., 1,933 new cases were reported over the weekend, according to Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer. There are 7,360 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, including 277 in hospital and 59 in critical care.

“We now have 970 active cases in long-term care, including 583 residents and 365 staff. That is a very sobering thought for us, knowing how challenging our long-term care outbreaks can be,” said Henry.

There were 17 deaths from the novel coronavirus reported since Friday, 13 in Fraser Health and four in Vancouver Coastal Health, according to Adrian Dix, B.C. health minister. The majority of the new deaths announced were in long-term care homes, Henry said. 

Currently there are 10,200 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus, according to Henry. 

“We need to take a pause, whether you call it a circuit-break — now, for these next two weeks in this province in this, all of us need to stop these events and pause, so that we can get control of this virus,” said Henry.  

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