Island Health reports nine new COVID-19 cases

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There are 66 active cases of COVID-19 in the Island Health region, including nine reported in the last 24 hours. That number includes 24 in the central island region, the same as yesterday, along with 28 in the south and 14 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. No new virus related deaths were confirmed in the health region.

B.C. recorded 518 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. There are 9,137 active cases of COVID-19 in the province — down 344 since yesterday. That number includes 348 people in hospital and 80 in critical care. There were 19 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, according to the provincial government. The province’s seven day rolling average for new cases is 561.

“Since the start of immunizations, 5,603 people have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in B.C. Today, the federal government approved the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. This is another encouraging step forward for all of us,” said a joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

There are 9,689 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus, according to Henry.

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