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

Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, minister of health, provide an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in B.C. || B.C. government photo
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Island Health reported 54 new COVID-19 infections over the weekend, bringing the total number of active cases to 169. Of those, 59 are in the central island region, 85 are in the south island and 25 are in the north, according to Island Health. The BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC) dashboard shows 18 people in hospital in the region, including six in ICU. One new death was reported, bringing the total to 39.

B.C. reported 1,759 new COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths since Friday. The province has 6,140 active cases, including 415 people hospitalized with the virus, 150 of them in critical care, according to the BC CDC. 

The province has administered 2,159,103 doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines, 106,058 of which are second doses, according Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer. 

“I think that’s a tremendous accomplishment. The focus of our COVID-19 response it to get all eligible people in B.C. vaccinated with their first dose and then fully vaccinated with their second dose as soon as we possibly can,” she said.

Starting tonight, people age 40 and up can book a vaccine appointment, according to Henry. All adults in any of the province’s high-risk community health service areas can book their vaccine.

Across B.C., 128,139 people have recovered from COVID-19, including 4,594 in Island Health.

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