Leaked reports show where COVID infections were highest in capital region

Leaked COVID-19 reports are supplying more detailed information to Vancouver Island residents than has been seen previously.

The Vancouver Sun has published two B.C. Centre for Disease Control reports that showed the West Shore had higher positive test rates in late April than other places on southern Vancouver Island.

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One map showed zero per cent positive test rates in North Saanich for the week of April 23 to 29. Oak Bay showed low rates of between 0.1 per cent and one per cent.

However, parts of Langford and View Royal appeared to have positive tests on the rise from the previous week, with between 10.1 per cent and 20 per cent of tests recorded as positive during that period.

Colwood numbers showed positive rates rising, against the week before, to 5.1 per cent and 10 per cent.

The information was compiled two weeks ago and does not necessarily reflect the current situation.

The leaks follow calls for B.C. to release more detailed information on COVID infections throughout the province.

Meanwhile, Island Health has reported three new school exposures. Ecole des Deux Mondes in Campbell River had exposures on May 4 and 5. Mill Bay Nature School had an exposure on May 3.

École John Stubbs, 301 Zealous Cres. in Colwood, reported exposures on Wednesday and Thursday. A member of the school tested positive, is isolating and is being monitored by Island Health.  

As of Saturday evening, there were 1,279,971 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada.

Of those, 81,052 are active, 1,174,351 have been resolved, and there have been 24,568 deaths during the pandemic.

Saturday saw a total of 6,805 new cases . The rate of active cases is 213.27 per 100,000 people.

In the past week, there have been a total of 52,103 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 7,443.

Within B.C. there have been 134,341 confirmed cases. Of those, 6,940 are active, 125,799 resolved. There have been 1,602 deaths.

The rate of active cases in B.C. is 134.82 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 4,024 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 575. 

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