Island Health reports 36 new COVID-19 cases, one death

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Island Health reported 36 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total number of active cases to 272. That number includes 154 in the central island region, down by seven in the last 24 hours, along with 50 in the south and 68 in the north. One additional death was reported, bringing the total to 27.

Seventeen people are hospitalized with the virus and one person is in ICU, according to the B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard. There were 1,025 COVID-19 tests completed in the past 24 hours.

The Oceanside local health area reported four COVID-19 cases in the last week of February, according to the BC CDC.

Province-wide

B.C. recorded 564 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths over the last 24 hours. There are 4,743 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, including 248 people in hospital and 63 in critical care.

The province has administered 298,851 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 86,746 second doses, according to Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer. 

The provincial government expects the first AstraZeneca vaccine doses to arrive next week.

“This vaccine will be made available to first responders and other essential workers and the delivery of these vaccines will run in parallel, but separately from our age-based community-wide immunization program,” said Henry.

B.C. confirmed 46 new variant of concern (VOC) cases, bringing the total to 246, though only 16 are active, according to Henry.

“The majority of these variants of concern continue to be in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal regions,” she said, adding six cases have been confirmed in the Island Health region.

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