Oceanside COVID-19 cases on decline after weeks of high case counts – Daily COVID-19 update

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Oceanside saw a substantial decrease in COVID-19 infections last week. The local health area recorded 19 new cases from April 11–17, a sharp decline from the 65 infections in the previous week.

Island Health reported 32 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 307. Of those, 84 are in the central island region, 191 are in the south island and 32 are in the north, according to Island Health. The BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC) dashboard shows 32 people in hospital, including four in ICU. One new death was reported, making the total 34.

B.C. reported 1,006 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths since yesterday. There are now 8,733 active cases, including 502 people hospitalized with the virus, 161 of them in critical care, according to the BC CDC.

The province did not update its variant of concern (VOC) numbers today, but announced it identified B.C.’s first 42 cases of the India (B.1.617) variant of interest. 

“We support the action the federal government announced today to suspend flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days,” reads a joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

As of April 20, Island Health has recorded 253 VOC cases, including 135 P.1 cases, 113 B.1.1.7 cases and five of the B.1.351 variant.

The province has administered 1,500,430 doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines, 88,475 of which are second doses, according to the statement. 

Across B.C., 112,235 people have recovered from COVID-19, including 4,034 in Island Health. There are 12,846 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus.

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