Island Health reports 41 new COVID-19 cases

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There are 257 active COVID-19 cases in the Island Health region, including 41 reported today. That number includes 156 in the central island region, up six in the last 24 hours, along with 42 in the south and 59 in the north. No additional deaths were reported.

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

Island Health has identified four cases of variants of concern (VOC) and no deaths have been attributed. There were 974 COVID-19 tests completed in the past 24 hours.

Province-wide

B.C. recorded 395 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths over the last 24 hours. There are 4,489 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, including 228 people in hospital and 62 in critical care.

The province has administered 239,833 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 68,157 second doses. The majority of vaccinations yesterday were second doses, according to Adrian Dix, minister of health.

“Confidence is high in our immunization programs and we’ve seen that providing the information people need to make that informed decision to receive the vaccine is working,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer.

The province identified 16 new cases of VOC, bringing the total to 116 — though only nine are active, Henry said. Of those, there have been 95 cases of the UK variant and 21 of the South African. 

“We are paying special attention to people who are infected with these variants so that we do better understand the transmission patterns and the impact they’re having on our pandemic,” said Henry.

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