Island Health reports eight new COVID-19 cases

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Island Health reported eight new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total number of active cases to 214. That number includes 116 in the central island region, down 14 in the last 24 hours, along with 47 in the south and 51 in the north. No additional deaths were reported.

Fourteen people are hospitalized with the virus, according to the B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard. There were 533 COVID-19 tests completed in the past 24 hours.

Island Health declared the COVID-19 outbreak over at Glacier View Lodge long-term care home in Courtenay. The outbreak was declared Feb. 28 after one staff member tested positive for COVID-19 — no other cases were identified.

Province-wide

B.C. recorded 550 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths over the last 24 hours. There are 4,869 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, including 249 people in hospital and 68 in critical care.

The province has administered 343,381 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 86,938  second doses, according to a joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health. 

“Now, with every new person who is vaccinated, we can take comfort in knowing with each immunization, we all benefit — elders, seniors, families and communities,” the statement said.

The province confirmed 182 new variant of concern (VOC) cases, bringing the total to 576.

“Of the total cases, 113 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 530 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 33 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 13 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant,” reads the statement.

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