158 active COVID-19 cases in Island Health

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There are 158 active cases of COVID-19 in the Island Health region, including five reported in the last 24 hours. That number includes 71 in the central island region, a decrease of 35 since yesterday, along with 57 in the south and 30 in the north. 

There are eight people hospitalized with the virus and four in ICU in Island Health, according to the B.C. government COVID-19 dashboard.

Across B.C., 619 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. There are 9,329 active cases of COVID-19 in the province — up 15 since yesterday.  That number includes 338 people in hospital and 75 in critical care.

“We are seeing our healthcare system strained. We are still seeing far too many people in long-term care being infected and sadly dying,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer.

There were 16 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours. Of those, 12 were in the Fraser Health region and four were in Vancouver Coastal Health, according to Adrian Dix, minister of health. The majority of those deaths were people in long-term care home outbreaks, which are affecting 1,149 residents and 642 staff, said Dix.

Currently 11,526 people are under active public health monitoring in B.C. as a result of exposure to the virus.

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