4 new COVID-19 cases found on Vancouver Island
VICTORIA -- Health officials have confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island region Wednesday.
The new cases were among 113 cases found across the province over the past 24 hours, though health officials say Wednesday afternoon's case count is provisional and may be amended in the future.
There are currently 85 active cases of COVID-19 in the island region, according to the BCCDC, including three people in hospital and one more receiving critical care.
Island Health identified the locations of 57 of the active cases Wednesday, including 42 in the South Island, seven in the Central Island and eight in the North Island.
B.C. has now reported 146,674 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic, including 5,140 cases found in the Vancouver Island region.
Health officials say four more people have died of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the province's death toll to 1,738. None of the victims lived in the island region, where 41 people have died since the pandemic began.
"Our condolences are with the family, friends and caregivers of the people who have died as a result of COVID-19," said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix in a joint statement.
Approximately 76.3 per cent of adults in B.C. have now received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, and 74.6 per cent of people aged 12 and older have received their first shot.
In total, B.C. has administered 4,165,142 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including 710,847 second doses.
"British Columbia has some of the highest levels of immunization for Dose 1 in the world – something we can be incredibly proud of – and we have the ability to push that even higher," said Henry and Dix.
"Getting fully immunized is the best way for us to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us," added the pair. "It is how we protect our family and friends, the people at our favourite store or local theatre, as well as the communities we want to visit this summer."