COVID-19 on Vancouver Island

  • COVID-19 on Vancouver Island

COVID-19 on Vancouver Island

With the latest cases added, B.C.'s rolling seven-day average for new cases drops to 327.

Dr. Bonnie Henry provided little information at the presser, simply saying faith-based gatherings would be starting this week, but as of Tuesday afternoon there were no more details.

There are now 134 active cases in the island region, including 11 people in hospital and three more in critical care.

The province has identified four foundations for a successful restart: more people are getting vaccinated, case counts are declining, fewer people are being hospitalized, and the vaccine supply has increased.

The other key indicator the province will use to determine when to move to the next step of the plan is vaccination rates.

There have been nearly three million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines injected into B.C. residents' arms.

Premier John Horgan says B.C.'s strong immunization rate allows the province to slowly bring people back together, with September 7 a target date for the final phase of the plan to be implemented. "We are now in step one of the plan and are closely monitoring our progress to ensure we stay on track". Health officials also backtracked on allowing in-person religious services. For Prince George, that means travelling anywhere in BC outside of the Lower Mainland is allowed. The Interior Health death toll remains at 150.

Island Health identified the locations of 93 active cases Tuesday, including 30 in the South Island, 36 in the Central Island and 27 in the North Island.

Provincial travel restrictions would also expire, opening up recreational travel across B.C., while up to 50 people would be able to attend outdoor sporting events.