There were 12 new COVID-19 cases reported in Island Health over the weekend — the region now has 55 active cases. Of these, seven are in the central island, 41 are in the south and seven are in the north, according to Island Health. There are two people hospitalized in the health region and none in ICU, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC). No new deaths were reported in Island Health.
Across the province there were 277 new cases reported over the weekend and there are now 1,537 active cases, according to a joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minster of health. There are 136 people hospitalized with the virus, 42 of whom are in critical care. Four more people died from COVID-19 over the weekend in B.C., according to the statement.
The province said it has administered 4,048,346 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, 613,453 of these were second doses. Just under 76 per cent of all adults in B.C. and 74.1 per cent of those 12 and older have been vaccinated, according to the province.
Details of the second step of B.C.’s restart plan were announced today. The provincial health officer’s order was amended to allow larger gatherings in homes, restaurants and businesses. Masks and social distancing remain mandatory in all indoor public spaces, according to the province.
“We are moving slowly and cautiously, closely watching community transmission and our rates of immunization to ensure we have the confidence to safely increase our social connections,” the statement reads.
Across B.C., 143,147 people have recovered from COVID-19, including 5,006 in Island Health.