Active COVID-19 cases on central island increase slightly

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Active COVID-19 cases on central island increase slightly


There is a data gap between Island Health and the province, depending on the timing of the COVID-19 results. NanaimoNewsNOW reports verified local data from Island Health.
Provincially, 521 cases have been confirmed by the BC Center for Disease Control.

The number of active cases in British Columbia fell slightly to 4,815, with 340 people hospitalized and 118 currently receiving intensive care.

The BC CDC reports 11 inpatients across Island Health, including three in intensive care.

Eight other COVID-19-related deaths have also been recorded, bringing the number of confirmed deaths in British Columbia to 1,658.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said on Wednesday that vaccination appointments would open immediately for people aged 12 to 17.

Further details are expected when Dix, Provincial Health Administrator Dr. Bonnie Henry and Premier John Horgan, host a briefing on Thursday, May 20 at 2 p.m.

Some in Nanaimo have reported difficulty making an appointment for a vaccine on the government website.

As of Wednesday, May 19, the clinic located at Beban Park in Nanaimo was not presented as an option, with only limited appointments available at a smaller clinic in Cedar.

The health of the island has been confirmed at NanaimoNewsNOW they are aware of the situation and try to resolve it as quickly as possible.

Those wishing to make an appointment at Beban Park can still do so by calling the Provincial Reservation Center at 1-833-838-2323.

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