Island Health records 65 new cases, two deaths over weekend

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There are 177 active cases of COVID-19 in the Island Health region, including 65 reported over the weekend. That number includes 130 in the central island region, an increase of 12 since Friday, along with 27 in the south and 20 in the north. Two additional deaths were reported, bringing the total to 17.

There are 14 people hospitalized with the virus and three in ICU, according to the B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard.

There were 629 COVID-19 tests done in the in the past 24 hours.

Province-wide

B.C. has vaccinated 87,346 people for COVID-19 so far, according to Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer. There will be a delay in some Pfizer vaccine dose deliveries to the province this week and next.

“It is a bit of a setback, but it is only a delay. We are expecting to receive, and have be reassured, that we will receive the extra doses at the end of February and early March,” said Henry.

B.C. received 46,675 vaccine does, mostly Pfizer, over the past week and Henry said another 26,775 are expected this week. Despite the setback, the province is still on track to expand its vaccination program by April.

The province recorded 1,330 new COVID-19 cases and 31 deaths over the weekend. There are 4,326 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, down 278 since Friday. That number includes 343 people in hospital and 68 in critical care. The province’s seven day rolling average for new cases is 477.

There are 6,865 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus.

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