Central Island COVID-19 cases continue to decline – Daily COVID-19 update

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Island Health reported another 32 COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 326. Of those, 94 are in the central island region, 194 are in the south island and 38 are in the north, according to Island Health. The BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC) dashboard shows 29 people in hospital, including five in ICU. No new deaths were reported. 

B.C. reported 849 new COVID-19 cases and one death since yesterday. There are now 9,145 active cases, including 456 people hospitalized with the virus, 148 of them in critical care, according to the BC CDC.

The province said it has identified a total of 6,179 variant of concern (VOC) cases, though only 163 are considered active. That includes 4,041 cases of the UK (B.1.1.7) variant, 76 cases of the South Africa (B.1.351) variant and 2,062 cases of the Brazil (P.1) variant. 

The province has administered 1,414,644 doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines, 88,263 of which are second doses, according to a joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

“People 35 years and older are now eligible to register for a vaccine in our age-based program on the Get Vaccinated website. In addition to our age-based and worker programs, people aged 40 and up are also now eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at their local pharmacy or through special clinics in 13 high-risk communities,” reads the statement.

Across B.C., 109,973 people have recovered from COVID-19, including 3,930 in Island Health. There are 13,679 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus. 

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