The number of COVID-19 cases has increased since last week in central and southern Vancouver Island.
Data available on Island Health‘s website and through the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC), show that of the six new cases since Aug. 14, four are in the southern Vancouver Island area and two are in the central Vancouver Island area.
According to data from the BC CDC, there are seven active cases in the Island Health Region. There have been 156 total cases in Island Health since the pandemic began. A total of 144 people have recovered and there have been five deaths.
A total of 60 cases have been reported in the North Island region, 41 in the Central Island region, and 55 in the South Island region since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All of the new cases reported within Island Health since mid-July are linked to either a “confirmed case” or “cluster” according to Island Health. The last time a case on Vancouver Island was linked to international travel was in early July.
Health officials do not announce exactly where new cases are located in the B.C., unlike other provinces. Instead, officials disclose where cases are based on the health authority region they were reported in.
B.C. has five health authority regions, Island Health, Fraser Health, Northern Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Interior Health. Island Health covers the entirety of Vancouver Island as well as a largely unpopulated area north of the Sunshine Coast.
Since the pandemic began, British Columbia has recorded a total of 4,677 cases of COVID-19.
The number of new cases in B.C. has risen in recent days, with the province reporting 83 new cases Tuesday.
The rise in cases comes despite B.C. having the lowest COVID-19 testing rate of any province in Canada. Only Nunavut has a lower testing rate.
It also comes as more people demand to get tested for the deadly virus on Vancouver Island, with Island Health reporting that the average turnaround time to get test results in the past week was about 19 hours.