90 active cases of COVID-19 in Island Health — first vaccine doses arrive in B.C.

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There are 90 active cases of COVID-19 in the Island Health region, including 31 reported over the weekend. That number includes 40 in the central island region, a decrease of four since Friday, along with 32 in the south and 18 in the north. 

There are seven people hospitalized with the virus and five in ICU in Island Health, according to the B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard.

“Unfortunately, despite everything we are doing, there is still the potential that someone you spend time with may inadvertently bring the virus to the dinner table,” said a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

Across B.C., 2,146 new cases were reported over the weekend. There are 10,039 active cases of COVID-19 in the province — up 450 since Friday.  That number includes 359 people in hospital and 87 in critical care. There were 49 deaths from COVID-19 in B.C. over the weekend.

Island Health declared outbreaks at West Coast General Hospital and the Tsawaayuus Rainbow Gardens long-term care home in Port Alberni over.

The first COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived in B.C. today and will be delivered to Lower Mainland healthcare workers in long-term care homes in the coming days, according to a media release from the province. Starting next week, vaccines will be delivered regularly to all health authorities. 

Currently 11,177 people are under active public health monitoring in B.C. as a result of exposure to the virus.

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