Island Health records 169 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend – Daily COVID-19 update

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Island Health reported 169 more COVID-19 cases over the weekend, bringing the total number of active cases to 494. Of those, 191 are in the central island region, 275 are in the south island and 28 are in the north, according to Island Health. The BC CDC dashboard shows 18 people in hospital, including five in ICU. Two more deaths were reported, bringing the total to 33.

B.C. reported 3,289 new COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths over the weekend. There are now 9,937 active cases, including 368 people hospitalized with the virus, 121 of them in critical care, according to the BC CDC.

The province did not update its variant of concern (VOC) numbers today because of a data problem, according to Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer.  The province has confirmed 4,111 VOC cases in B.C., though only 105 were considered active as of Friday. Henry said about half of the province’s new cases are VOC, mostly the B.1.1.7 strain.

The province has administered 1,112,101 doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines, 87,744 of which are second doses, according to Henry.

People 55 and older, Indigenous people over 18 and clinically extremely vulnerable people who have received a letter can now register for vaccine appointments. Island Health said once someone is registered, they will receive an email, text or call when they are eligible to book an appointment.

Across B.C., 101,216 people have recovered from COVID-19. There are 15,900 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus, according to the BC CDC.

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