B.C. health officials report 446 new COVID-19 cases, including 14 in Island Health

Another 446 cases of COVID-19 were reported in B.C. on Tuesday, along with an additional nine deaths.

Fourteen of the new cases were in Island Health, bringing the number of known active cases in the region to 185, according to data from Island Health. Almost two-thirds of the cases — 120 — are in the central Island. There are 35 in the south Island and 30 in the north.

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None of the additional deaths were on the Island. A total of 1,019 B.C. deaths have be linked to the novel coronavirus.

The updated numbers for Monday from Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, and Health Minister Adrian Dix mean active cases in the province are at 5,045 — the lowest figure since Nov. 9.

Most sick individuals are isolating at home, though 368 people are being treated in hospital — an increase of 10 overnight. Seventy-two people are in acute care.

Another 7,238 people are being monitored by public health teams following exposure to a known COVID-19 case.

There have been 58,553 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province.

Henry and Dix announced another health-care facility outbreak, at Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital, bringing the total number of health-care facilities with outbreaks to 61. Three Island facilities — Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence in Nanaimo, Hart House in Victoria, and Ts’i’ts’uwatul’ Lelum in Duncan — have outbreaks.

As of Tuesday, 62,294 British Columbians have been immunized against COVID-19, with the province continuing to focus on residents and workers at long-term care facilities, where infections have been the most deadly.

— With a file from the Vancouver Sun

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