COVID-19 on Vancouver Island: Health officials to provide live update
On Wednesday, British Columbia health officials will provide a live update on the COVID-19 pandemic.
CTV News Vancouver Island will broadcast the press conference LIVE at 3 p.m.
Over the long weekend, British Columbia reported 44 additional deaths related to COVID-19, including five deaths in the Vancouver Island region.
The update brings the pandemic death toll in British Columbia to 2,830, including 211 deaths at Island Health.
There are currently 69 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Vancouver Island, according to the BC Center for Disease Control.
This total is down from the 71 reported on Friday February 18 and the 82 confirmed a week ago on February 15.
Nine patients are currently receiving intensive care at Island Health, up from 12 reported on Friday and 14 recorded on February 15.
Around this time last month, 100 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Vancouver Island, including 13 patients in intensive care.
Over the long weekend, British Columbia confirmed 2,103 new cases of COVID-19, including 631 reported on Saturday, 571 added on Sunday, 424 confirmed on Monday and 477 recorded on Tuesday.
Of those cases, 337 have been confirmed to Island Health, according to a statement from the Department of Health.
However, health officials say the weekend totals are preliminary “due to a delayed data refresh”.
As of Tuesday, 90.5% of eligible British Columbians aged five and older had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 85.9% had received two doses.
Meanwhile, 54.9% of eligible residents aged 12 and older received three doses of the vaccine.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.