246 active COVID-19 cases in Island Health — 16 deaths across B.C.

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There are 246 active cases of COVID-19 in the Island Health region, including 10 reported in the last 24 hours. That number includes 147 in the central island region, up six since yesterday, along with 60 in the south and 39 in the north. There are seven people hospitalized with the virus and four in ICU in Island Health, according to the B.C. government COVID-19 dashboard.

“Let’s be resilient in face of this surge. United and together, let’s make an impact today through our own personal actions,” said a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

Across B.C., 656 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There are 8,796 active cases of COVID-19 in the province — down 59 since yesterday — including 336 in hospital and 76 in critical care.

There were 16 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

“Remember that events, which refer to anything that gathers people together — whether on a one-time, regular or irregular basis — are not allowed for now. This includes religious, cultural or community events. Do not gather at home with anyone other than your household or core bubble,” said the statement.

There are 10,123 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus, according to the statement.

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