Active COVID-19 cases continue to rise in central island region

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There are 122 active cases of COVID-19 in the Island Health region, including nine reported over the last 24 hours. That number includes 40 in the central island region, an increase of 10 since yesterday, along with 54 in the south and 28 in the north. There were 695 COVID-19 tests done in the Island Health region in the past 24 hours.

There are eight people hospitalized with the virus and two in ICU in the Island Health region, according to the B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard. No new virus related deaths were confirmed in the health region.

B.C. recorded 428 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24-hours. There are 6,472 active cases of COVID-19 in the province — down 351 since yesterday. That number includes 367 people in hospital and 77 in critical care. There were eight deaths from COVID-19 since since yesterday, the majority were seniors in long-term care, according to Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer. The province’s seven day rolling average for new cases is 543.

B.C. has vaccinated 28,209 people for COVID-19 so far, according to a joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health. 

“While the focus is on first-priority populations in the next three months, as new vaccines are approved and additional supply becomes available, we will incorporate the additional doses into our distribution to enable as many people as possible to be immunized as soon as they can,” the statement said.

There are 8,596 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus, according to the provincial government.

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