Active COVID-19 cases in central Vancouver Island drop again

Nisha Yunus (right), a 64-year-old residential care aide in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, was the first person in B.C. to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 15, 2020. || B.C. government photo.
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There are 82 active cases of COVID-19 in the Island Health region, including seven reported today. That number includes 37 in the central island region, a decrease of three since yesterday, along with 26 in the south and 19 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.

Across B.C., 522 new cases were reported in the last 24-hours. There are 9,860 active cases of COVID-19 in the province — down 179 since yesterday. That number includes 361 people in hospital and 93 in critical care. There were 21 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24-hours.

“No one wants to experience the tragedy of losing a loved one when this day of hope is upon us. So let’s make Dec. 15 a day for doing all we can to protect our communities and the people we care for most,” said a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

B.C.’s first COVID-19 vaccine doses were given to healthcare workers in long-term care homes today, according to the province. Starting next week, vaccines will be delivered regularly to all health authorities. 

Currently 10,768 people are under active public health monitoring in B.C. as a result of exposure to the virus.

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