218 new COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths reported in Island Health over the weekend


British Columbia health officials on Monday reported 1,370 new COVID-19 cases, including 218 linked to Vancouver Island, and 25 deaths over the weekend.

Five of the deaths reported over the weekend were in the Island Health region.

The number of confirmed cases in B.C. is now at 206,284 while the death toll climbs to 2,181.

Daily new case breakdown:
Oct. 29-30: 568 new cases
Oct. 30-31: 470 new cases
Oct. 31-Nov. 1: 332 new cases

Of the new cases identified, 218 were in Island Health, 124 were in Vancouver Coastal Health, 603 were in Fraser Health, 222 were in Interior Health, and 203 were in Northern Health.

In addition to the five deaths recorded in the Island Health region, eight deaths were recorded in Fraser Health, seven were in Interior Health and five were in the Northern Health region.

There are currently 4,668 active cases in the province and 436 people in hospital — 140 of whom are in intensive care.

New data from health officials shows that from Oct. 22 to Oct. 28, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 65 per cent of all cases and from Oct. 15 to Oct. 28 they accounted for 74 per cent of all hospitalizations.

Unvaccinated individuals between Oct. 15 and Oct. 28 accounted for 68 per cent of all hospitalizations in B.C., officials say.

On a positive note, a total of 199,107 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 while 8,250,566 doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide.

The province says there are 663 active cases in the Island Health region. However, Island Health pegs the number at 581 active cases — 64 in North Island, 386 in Central Island, and 131 in South Island — on Vancouver Island. There are often discrepancies between the figures due to “differences in reporting” timeframes between the two agencies.

When it comes to Vancouver Island, there have been 706 new COVID-19 cases recorded in the region since Oct. 25 and 12 COVID-related deaths since Oct. 22.

Based on data on from provincial health officials and the BCCDC’s website, which did not update on Nov. 1, a total of 96 deaths have been recorded in the Island Health region since the pandemic began, with 48 deaths being recorded since Sept. 1 — the region’s death toll stood at 48 on Sept. 1.

Furthermore, cases have risen nearly 50 per cent in Central Island more than 28 per cent for the entire Island since Oct. 26. That said, according to Island Health’s data, cases on northern Vancouver Island have decreased by nearly 10 per cent since Oct. 26.

Meanwhile, Island Health officials on Sunday announced that the The Chartwell Malaspina Care Centre in Nanaimo is currently dealing with an outbreak of the virus after three cases were identified at the facility. It is the only care facility on the Island where an outbreak has been declared by Island Health officials.

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