COVID-19 on Vancouver Island: B.C

Henrietta Brewer
February 4, 2021

Today, we are reporting 429 new cases, including 10 epi-linked cases, for a total of 68,366 cases in British Columbia.

On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) announced the detection of two cases associated with the COVID-19 variant that first emerged in the United Kingdom.

There are now 4,426 active cases of coronavirus in the province, with public health monitoring 7,049 people across B.C. who are in self-isolation because of COVID-19 exposure.

The Island Health region has now recorded 1,728 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

There are 4,542 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Meanwhile, there are 54 active cases in the South Island and 7 active cases in the North Island.

The person who tested positive was a close contact of a known case of the variant first identified in the United Kingdom, raising concerns that it might spread through the school.

The number of COVID-positive patients at Warren General Hospital was down three from Tuesday's report.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there is no conclusive evidence the variant makes people sicker than the original strain, but they are concerned because it spreads more quickly, is significantly more contagious, and vaccines may be less effective against it. "While more COVID-19 vaccines are on the way, supplies are still very limited. This is the path to get to the brighter days ahead".

To alleviate a sense of isolation and to maintain mental health, health officials recommend meeting with friends in low-risk setting, such as during a walk.

Dr. Henry may decide to extend current restrictions, modify them or rescind them completely.

A further 16 people lost their lives as a result of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

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