183 active cases of COVID-19 in Island Health — 11 deaths across B.C.

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There are 183 active cases of COVID-19 in the Island Health region, including 27 reported in the last 24 hours. That number includes 112 in the central island region, up four since yesterday, along with 45 in the south and 26 in the north.

“It is a cruel irony in many ways that when we most need to be with people — that is the most dangerous thing we can do with this level of [COVID-19] transmission we’re seeing in communities across the province,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer.

Across B.C., 911 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, according to Henry. There are 7,899 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, including 301 in hospital and 69 in critical care.

There were 11 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours. Eight people died in Fraser Health region and three in Vancouver Coastal Health, according Adrian Dix, minister of health.

“The vast majority of these people were people in their seventies and eighties, our seniors and elders, grandparents,” said Henry.

Dix said the province has adequate space in its acute and critical care facilities for the time being.

“The challenge is not just having bed capacity, but having adequate staff and resources to deal with the situation and we do for now,” he said.

There are 10,430 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus, according to Henry. 

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