Vancouver Island adds 35 new COVID cases, one death

Vancouver Island adds 35 new COVID cases, one death
WatchAs hundreds line up for hours at pop-up vaccination clinics, B.C.'s health minister says the province's age-based program is about to get fast-tracked. April Lawrence reports.

British Columbia health officials have reported 841 new cases — including 35 Island Health — and five deaths from COVID-19 since their last update on April 27.

One of the deaths over the past 24 hours was in Island Health, according to new data from the BCCDC.

The number of confirmed cases in B.C. is now at 127,889 while the province’s death toll climbs to 1,576.

Of the new cases, 171 were recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 541 were in Fraser Health, 35 in Island Health, 74 in Interior Health, and 20 in Northern Health.

There are currently 8,009 active cases in the province, 515 people in hospital — 171 of whom are in intensive care — and 11,657 people under active public health monitoring due to possible exposure to an identified case.

A total of 118,057 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 while more than 1.7 million doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide.

Today’s data was released as a statement to the media.

Island Health

There are currently 321 active cases on Vancouver Island, according to the latest update on the BCCDC’s dashboard.

Twenty-five people are currently hospitalized due to the coronavirus, seven of whom are in critical care.

Although there are two fewer people in hospital since the last update on April 27, the number of people in ICU increased by one.

In the past 24 hours on Vancouver Island, 1,012 new COVID tests have been performed and 5,645 doses of vaccine have been administered. Of those doses, six were AstraZeneca, 1,068 were Moderna and 4,571 were Pfizer.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 4,603 cases reported — 46 of which are epi-linked —  36 deaths, 227 total hospitalizations and 268,676 doses of vaccine administered on Vancouver Island.

Meanwhile, Island Health reported 269 active cases on Vancouver Island in its latest dashboard update.

Of those active cases, 172 are in the South Island, 79 are in Central Island, and 18 are in the North Island.

Island Health’s data often lags behind the BCCDC’s data due to a “difference in timing of reporting across laboratory and public health data sources.”

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