Since the start of July, the island’s health region has recorded three cases of COVID-19 linked to international travel and two linked to community exposure events.
Northern Vancouver Island has been the epicenter of coronavirus transmission in the Island’s Health Region since the start of the pandemic, with the bulk of the island’s cases being found in the vast and rugged region stretching from Courtenay-Comox to Port Hardy.
A total of 60 cases of COVID-19 have been found in the North Island region. Island Health reported on Monday that five days had passed since symptoms of COVID-19 were last detected in a patient in the northern region.
The more densely populated region of the South Island, which includes the Greater Victoria area, Port Renfrew and the southern Gulf Islands, has recorded 50 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
The South Island had lost 23 days since symptoms last appeared, according to health data released on Monday.
Central Vancouver Island has fared better, recording just 38 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The region, which includes the communities of Tofino, Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Parksville, Lake Cowichan and Duncan, had not recorded any onset of symptoms for nine days on Monday.
Of the 148 cases of COVID-19 recorded in the island’s health region, 144 were confirmed by laboratory tests, while four were epidemiologically linked, meaning that no COVID-19 test was administered .
Five people have died from the virus in the Island Health area, while 140 people have made a full recovery.
Health officials have administered 42,307 COVID-19 tests in the Vancouver Island area since the start of the pandemic.
British Columbia recorded 4,065 cases of COVID-19 during the pandemic, 195 of which were fatal.