British Columbia is reporting 832 new cases of COVID-19 province-wide and five additional deaths during this period.
Of the 589 new cases, 53 are linked to the island’s health region. In the past three days, Island Health has now reported 139 more cases of COVID-19 under its jurisdiction.
Dating back to last Friday, Island Health reported 336 new cases of the coronavirus.
Dr Bonnie Henry says 296 are in hospital – a decrease of 5 since March 31 – with 79 people in intensive care due to the virus (a decrease of one).
As of Wednesday’s figures, there have been 310 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health Region, 388 in the Fraser Health Region, 53 in the Island Health Region, 42 in the region domestic health, 39 in the Northern Health Region and zero new cases from people residing outside of Canada.
There were five more deaths linked to the virus on Thursday. This brings the provincial total of deaths during the pandemic to 1,463.
There have been 90 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 which are variants of concern in the province, for a total of 2,643 cases.
Of the total variant cases, 192 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 2214 cases of variant B.1.1.7 (UK), 50 cases of variant B.1.351 (South Africa) and 379 cases of variant P.1 (Brazil)
Also on Thursday, the total number of cases in British Columbia during the pandemic reached 100,880.
Health officials also said that to date, 787,649 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the province, of which 87,394 are second doses.
Island Health’s chief medical officer on Wednesday said he was disappointed to see the number of people traveling during spring break.
Dr Richard Stanwick said these decisions could have a significant impact on the number of variant cases in the coming weeks.
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“Not only were there individuals who probably came from places with much higher levels of COVID, but we also suspect that they also brought a variant with them in terms of likelihood,” said Dr Richard Stanwick.
At present, none of the variant cases on Vancouver Island are active, but that is likely about to change, he said.
The province on Monday announced new “circuit breaker” restrictions aimed at curbing the rapid spread of the virus and its worrying variants, rules that include, among other measures, a temporary three-week ban on indoor dining, indoor fitness. indoor and indoor group. worship services.
Henry and Dix’s press conference takes place on the same day that new, relaxed restrictions on long-term care home and assisted living visitation went into effect.
Now, up to two people and one child will be able to visit loved ones for at least 60 minutes.
According to the latest data provided by Island Health, there are currently 392 active cases on Vancouver Island.
Of the active cases, 189 are in southern Vancouver Island, 171 in central Vancouver Island, and 32 in northern Vancouver Island.
Southern Vancouver Island includes the Greater Victoria area, the southern Gulf Islands and the Port Renfrew area.
Central Vancouver Island includes the regions of Cowichan Valley, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni and Tofino.
Northern Vancouver Island runs from the Comox Valley to Port Hardy, but also includes surrounding areas like Alert Bay and Sointula.
During the pandemic, the island’s health region reported 3,376 cases.
More information on COVID-19
If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school, public health contacts affected directly to members of the school community. Regional health authorities also have post-school notifications on their websites, listing the date and type of notification (outbreak, cluster, or exposure) for affected schools.
The Island Health School website can be found here.
Provincial mental health and anxiety support can be found at www.bouncebackbc.ca
Island Health’s COVID-19 data breaks down the number of cases in the north, center and south of the island and lists the number of days since any new laboratory diagnosed cases. You can find the data here with all public exhibits.
According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide is over 129.3 million. More than 2.82 million deaths have been recorded.