23 new cases of COVID-19 identified on Vancouver Island

23 new cases of COVID-19 identified on Vancouver Island
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People seen walking on Douglas Street in Victoria. British Columbia health officials have reported 435 new cases – including 23 in Island Health – and four deaths from COVID-19 on Feb. 9.

More than 20 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified on Vancouver Island in the past 24 hours.

On Tuesday, B.C. health officials reported 435 new cases and four COVID-related deaths since their last update on Feb. 9.

The total number of cases in B.C. climbs to 71,387 while the death toll now stands at 1,263.

There are currently 4,393 active cases in the province, 241 people in hospital — 68 of whom are in intensive care — and 6,879 people under active public health monitoring due to possible exposure to an identified case.

Of the new cases, 107 were in Vancouver Coastal, 221 were in Fraser Health, 23 were in Island Health region, 47 were in Interior Health, and 37 were in Northern Health.

On a positive note, 65,618 people who tested positive have recovered while 155,585 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C.

Today’s figures came via a statement released to the media.

Island Health

According to the latest data provided by Island Health, there are currently 235 active cases on Vancouver Island, a decrease of five cases since the last update on Feb. 8.

Of the active cases, 64 (+1) are on southern Vancouver Island, 162 (-6) on central Vancouver Island and nine (unchanged) on northern Vancouver Island.

There are currently 22 people on the Island in hospital, seven of whom are in critical care.

Over the course of the pandemic, the Island Health region has recorded 1,892 cases, 20 deaths and 1,599 recoveries.

Southern Vancouver Island includes the Greater Victoria region, Southern Gulf Islands and the Port Renfrew area.

Central Vancouver Island includes the Cowichan Valley, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni and Tofino areas.

Northern Vancouver Island goes from the Comox Valley to Port Hardy but also includes surrounding areas like Alert Bay and Sointula.

National landscape

Since the pandemic began, Canada has recorded 810,797 cases and 20,909 deaths from COVID-19, according to Health Canada’s website.

There have been 18,241 confirmed cases on First Nations reserves nationwide, including 1,995 cases in B.C.

When it comes to testing for the deadly virus, British Columbia’s rate of 344,386 tests per 1 million is among the lowest of any province in Canada.

Source: Health Canada

More COVID-19 information

If there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in a school, public health contacts affected school community members directly. Regional health authorities also post-school notifications on their websites, providing the date and type of notification (outbreak, cluster or exposure) for impacted schools.

The Island Health school site 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 North, Central and South Island case counts and lists the number of days since any new lab-diagnosed cases. You can find the data here along with any public exposures.

According to Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide stands at more than 106.8 million.

The worldwide death toll is more than 2.3 million, according to the World Health Organization.

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