COVID-19 on Vancouver Island

Ross Houston
June 10, 2021

The latest poll from Leger finds nearly two thirds (61%) of Canadians believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us, the highest result by far in the company's continued surveys of attitudes toward COVID-19.

British Columbia health officials announced 165 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 145,695. This includes 217 new cases from June 4 to 5, 131 new cases from June 5 to 6 and 133 new cases in the last 24 hours.

To date, 74.2% of all adults in BC and 71.9% of those 12 and older have now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

"These losses are an important reminder of what we have to gain", Deputy Provincial Health Officer Réka Gustafson said during a live news conference.

Health officials in British Columbia say it's encouraging to see a steady increase in the number of people who are protected with a COVID-19 vaccine as cases decline.

According to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control's latest variant report, there have been 765 cases of the Delta variant identified in B.C. over the past two months, compared to 9,292 cases of the Alpha variant initially identified in the U.K. The Delta variant was initially called B.1.167.2 while the Alpha variant had been called B.1.1.7.

In B.C., there were 217 cases diagnosed on Saturday, 131 on Sunday, and 133 on Monday, with 199 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, down from 224 on Friday and 511 at the height of the pandemic. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. Our condolences are with the family, friends and caregivers of the people who have died as a result of COVID-19.

Let's look forward to the brighter days ahead and let's continue to do our part to help all of us get there.

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