Provincial health officials on Friday identified 70 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island area.
The new cases were among 743 cases found in British Columbia in the past 24 hours.
Island Health’s daily number of 70 cases narrowly exceeded the total of 69 new Vancouver Coastal cases found on Friday.
There are now 5,969 active cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia, including 717 active cases in the island region, according to the British Columbia Ministry of Health.
Island Health data on Friday identified the locations of 510 active cases, including 244 in the South Island, 213 in the Central Island and 53 in the North Island.
Thirty-nine patients are hospitalized for treatment for COVID-19 in the Island Health region, including 25 patients who require intensive care, according to the BC Center for Disease Control.
Health officials say five more COVID-19-related deaths were reported in British Columbia on Friday. Three were reported in Fraser Health Region, one was reported in Interior Health Region, and one was reported in Northern Health Region.
The number of deaths from the pandemic in British Columbia has now exceeded 2,000 – with a total of 2,001 COVID-19-related deaths recorded in the province – of which 72 have been identified in the Island Health region.
As of Friday, 88.6% of British Columbians aged 12 and over had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 82.2% had received two.
In total, the province has administered 7,937,214 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since December 2020.