It was a deadly Labour Day long weekend on Vancouver Island.
British Columbia health officials on Tuesday reported new 2,425 new COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths over the long weekend, including 202 new cases and four deaths in the Island Health region.
The number of confirmed cases in B.C. is now at 170,750 while the death toll climbs to 1,842.
Elsewhere in the province, there were 368 new cases recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 705 new cases recorded in Fraser Health, 838 new cases recorded in Interior Health, and 312 new cases recorded in Northern Health over the long weekend.
There are currently 5,465 active cases in the province, 255 people in hospital — 126 of whom are in intensive care. A total of 163,062 people have recovered from the virus and 7,545,871 doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide.
In the Island Health region, there are 501 active cases, according to provincial health officials. However, according to Island Health’s own dashboard, there are only 384 active cases in the region — 67 in North Island, 160 in Central Island and 157 in South Island — which is 117 fewer active cases than what the province has reported. The health authority routinely states that their active case count reflects “the most up to date case investigation information available.”
Over the long weekend, there were 6,165 doses of vaccine administered in Island Health. Of those doses, 40 were AstraZeneca, 3,703 were Moderna and 2,422 doses were Pfizer.
A total of 1,258,838 vaccine doses — 603,822 are second doses — have been administered on Vancouver Island. This includes 33,015 doses of AstraZeneca, 326,557 doses of Moderna and 899,266 doses of Pfizer.
Seventeen people in Island Health are currently in hospital, nine of whom are in critical care.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 6,862 cases reported, 52 deaths, 302 total hospitalizations, and 6,263 recoveries recorded on Vancouver Island.
Daily case breakdown
Sept. 3-4: 695 new cases
Sept. 4-5: 634 new cases
Sept. 5-6: 563 new cases
Sept. 6-7: 533 new cases