Vancouver Island sees 18 new COVID-19 cases — another 13 deaths across the province

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There were 18 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the Island Health region today — there are 170 active cases in the region, according to Island Health. Of these, 108 are in the central region, 46 are in the south and 16 are in the north.

Across the province there are now 7,899 active cases — there were 887 new cases identified in the past 24 hours, according to a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

There were 13 new deaths reported today and there are 294 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 64 of whom are in intensive care.

There are now 10,307 people under public health monitoring due to exposure to the virus. The province reported two new outbreaks in healthcare facilities today, both in the Lower Mainland. There were no new community outbreaks reported.

“Slow and steady is what we need with COVID-19 and it is how we will get through this second wave. The efforts we make each day make a difference,” reads the release.

“Exposures and transmission can happen anywhere. By paying attention to the places we go and the people we see, we can help contact tracers contain the further spread if that does occur,” reads the release.

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