British Columbia health officials have reported 324 new COVID-19 cases — including 33 in the Island Health region — and seven deaths since their last update on Nov. 16.
One of the deaths recorded over the past 24 hours was in Island Health, bringing the region’s death toll to 116 since the onset of the pandemic.
The number of confirmed cases in B.C. is now at 213,682 while the death toll climbs to 2,281.
There are currently 3,380 active cases in the province and 379 people in hospital — 109 of whom are in intensive care. Officials also say there are 479 active cases in the Island Health region.
A total of 207,779 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 while 8,471,017 doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide.
Today’s data was released as a statement to the media.
Although there was one new death reported Wednesday, bringing the number of deaths in the Island Health region to 75 since mid-August, active cases have been falling steadily.
Currently, there are 368 active cases across the region, according to the latest update from Island Health’s dashboard. That’s a 32 per cent decrease since Nov. 12 and a 36 per cent drop since Nov. 1. Even, when using the BCCDC’s active case data, there has been a 21 per cent decrease since Nov. 12, suggesting that cases are, very much, on the decline.
Of the 368 active cases, 85 are in North Island, 198 are in Central Island and 85 are in South Island. Active cases in the South Island have also cratered, falling from their recorded high of 342 on Oct. 6 to just 85 on Wednesday. North Island active cases had been trending upwards since mid-October but now appear to be trending downwards since recording a high of 111 on Nov. 12.
Meanwhile, a total of 54 people are currently in hospital in the region as a result of becoming infected with COVID-19, 12 of whom are in critical care.
Over the past 24 hours, there were 1,122 new tests performed for COVID-19 and 2,510 doses of vaccine administered on Vancouver Island. Of those doses, 14 were AstraZeneca, 2,031 were Moderna and 465 doses were Pfizer, according to the BCCDC’s dashboard.
A total of 1,406,176 vaccine doses — 667,392 of those are second doses while 45,222 are third doses or “other” doses — have been administered on Vancouver Island. This includes 34,886 doses of AstraZeneca, 427,176 doses of Moderna and 944,114 doses of Pfizer.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 11,906 cases reported, 116 deaths confirmed, 630 total hospitalizations, and 11,277 recoveries recorded in the Island Health region.
Editor’s note: The BCCDC lists the active case count for Vancouver Island at 479, which is 111 more active cases than what Island Health has reported. There are often discrepancies between the figures due to “differences in reporting” timeframes between the two agencies.