Island Health reports 20 new COVID-19 cases

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Island Health reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 today. The region now has 148 active cases — 98 in central island, 40 in the south and 10 in the north, according to the health authority’s website. The B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard show 18 people hospitalized in Island Health, six of whom are in critical care.

Across the province, there were 427 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. There are now 4,150 active cases and 232 people hospitalized, 63 of whom are in critical care. The province reported three new deaths in the last 24 hours.

To date, 176,015 doses of vaccine have been administered in the province, according to a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health. Of these, 23,030 have been second doses.

A survey has been launched by the researchers at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, BC Children’s Hospital and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) to understand the impacts of the pandemic on the mental well-being of youth, the statement said.

“Most people in B.C. are doing the right thing, and we encourage everyone, in turn, to support friends and family to also continue to take precautions in their daily lives. It is not only our individual efforts that make the difference, but the power of all of us working together that helps break the chains of transmission,” reads the statement.

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