Vancouver Island Adds 21 New COVID-19 Cases

Vancouver Island Adds 89 COVID-19 Cases in First Update of the Week

VICTORIA – Health officials identified 21 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island area on Wednesday.
The new cases were among 716 cases found in the province in the past 24 hours, bringing British Columbia’s total to 93,969 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.

Authorities have now recorded 2,994 cases of COVID-19 in the island region since the start of the pandemic.

Three more people in British Columbia died from the disease on Wednesday, bringing the death toll from COVID-19 in British Columbia to 1,441.

None of the deaths announced on Wednesday occurred in the island region, where 28 people have died during the pandemic.

There are currently 256 active cases in the island region, including 14 people in hospital and two in intensive care.

Island Health identified the locations of 222 active cases on Wednesday, including 98 in the South Island, 107 in the Central Island and 17 in the North Island.

Health officials have now administered 582,634 doses of COVID-19 vaccine across British Columbia, including 87,180 secondary doses.

On Tuesday, the province announced it would provide priority access to vaccines for people with serious illnesses, including transplant recipients and people with various forms of cancer, respiratory and blood diseases.

These high-risk British Columbians will be able to register for COVID-19 vaccines starting Monday, March 29.

The province estimates that approximately 200,000 people aged 16 and over fall into this priority group, although some have already been vaccinated as part of the current age-based vaccination program.

Officials on Wednesday confirmed 71 new cases of variant COVID-19 in British Columbia, for a total of 1,581 cases of variants recorded in the province. About 148 variant cases are now active in British Columbia

“There may be more obstacles or challenges to overcome, but we can rest assured knowing that our greatest strength throughout this pandemic has been to work together, united in our efforts to weather this storm” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Administrator, and Minister of Health. Adrian Dix in a statement Wednesday.

“Let’s all be part of the team that helps make a difference through our individual and collective efforts,” added the duo.

The province also changed its ordinances on outdoor gatherings on Tuesday to allow small outdoor religious services.

“Worship organizers must ensure that COVID-19 safety plans are in place for all outdoor services and that all participants follow those plans,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix.

The order says worship services can include up to 50 people, as well as more people in vehicles. Persons in a vehicle must remain inside the vehicle during service.


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