Island Health reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 today — there are now 161 active cases in the region. This includes 76 in the central island, 31 in the north and 54 in the south. There are currently six people hospitalized in the region, according to the B.C. government COVID-19 dashboard. There was one death reported today.
The province reported 28 new deaths and 723 new cases. There are now 9,524 active cases in B.C., according to Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer. There are 346 people hospitalized with the virus, 83 of whom are in intensive care, according to a joint statement from Henry and Adrian Dix, minister of health.
“Despite how tired we might be and how much we all want to be able to resume the activities that we enjoy and are important to us, right now we need to continue to stand together by staying apart, follow the public health orders and use all of our layers of protection until the vaccine is available for all of us,” said the statement.
There are currently 11,947 people under active public health monitoring due to exposure to the virus and 28,948 people have recovered. There were no new healthcare outbreaks reported today.
“There will be a time when we can take off our masks, when we can hug our loved ones and travel to see friends. We will get there, but we are not through this storm yet. So, for now, we need to stay small, stay local and help each other to push back on COVID-19,” said the statement.