Island Health active COVID-19 cases continue downward trend

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There are 62 active cases of COVID-19 in the Island Health region, including 21 reported over the weekend. That number includes 22 in the central island region, a decrease of two since Friday, along with 30 in the south and 10 in the north. 

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

Island Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Gardens long-term care facility in Qualicum Beach. One staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating at home. The outbreak is limited to one unit on the third floor of the facility, according to Island Health.

B.C. recorded 1,667 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend. There are 9,718 active cases of COVID-19 in the province — down 60 since Friday. That number includes 341 people in hospital and 80 in critical care. There were 41 deaths from COVID-19 over the weekend, according to the provincial government. The province’s seven day rolling average for new cases is 589.

“Last week, 3,644 front-line health-care workers received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in British Columbia. Over the next two days, vaccine deliveries will arrive in every health region, and public health teams are readying clinics to begin in the coming days,” said a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

Currently 9,651 people are under active public health monitoring in B.C. as a result of exposure to the virus.

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