Island Health warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Victoria pub; 17 new cases on Island

Island Health is warning the public of a possible COVID-19 exposure last week at the Irish Times Pub in downtown Victoria.

Anyone who was at the pub on Nov. 13 between 5 and 8:30 p.m. is asked to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.

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Island Health says the exposure is considered low risk and that anyone considered a close contact has already been contacted by the health authority and asked to self-isolate. Anyone who has not been contacted is not considered to have been at high risk of exposure, Island Health says.

If you develop symptoms, self-isolate and phone the Island Health testing call centre between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. at 1-844-901-8442.

The province announced 516 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the number of active cases in B.C. to 7,122.

There were 17 new cases reported in Island Health, bringing the active case count to 128. Central Vancouver Island is seeing the bulk of active cases, with 85. There are 31 in the south Island and 12 in the north Island.

Island Health has seen 446 cases since the start of the pandemic. There are currently three people hospitalized in the region, and one person in ICU as a result of the virus.

More than 10,000 people in the province are under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to known cases, and 17,477 people have recovered.

Ten more people have died in the province, bringing B.C.’s death toll to 331.

regan@timescolonist.com

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