Island Health reported 59 new cases of COVID-19 today and now has 266 active cases. There are 128 in the central island region, 117 are in the south and 21 are in the north, according to the health authority’s website.
Fourteen people are hospitalized in the region, with one in critical care, according to the B.C. government’s COVID-19 dashboard. There were 906 tests done in the past 24 hours.
Across the province there were 908 new cases reported today, bringing the total active cases to 6,245. There have been three new COVID-19 related deaths in the province, according to a joint statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.
“We have been able to slowly turn the dial on some restrictions. However, we all need to remember while some activities are safe for us to do, others simply are not,” It reads.
“We can be outside with the same small group of people, but gathering inside is high risk for all of us. We can soon see our Elders and seniors in care, but we must follow the safety protocols that remain in place.”
To date, 637,856 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,233 of which were second doses.
“Vaccine appointment bookings are now open for people 74 or older and Indigenous peoples over 55. Starting on Monday, individuals who are clinically extreme vulnerability and have received a letter identifying them as such can also book their vaccine appointments,” said the statement.
There are now 258 active variant of concern cases in the province.