On Friday, November 13th, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Chief Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced there were 16 new COVID cases in Island Health. This is Vancouver Island’s highest daily total since the pandemic began.
Increase of active cases over 5 days
Over the course of the last five days, the number of active cases on Vancouver Island has increased from 39 to 67.
Two people were admitted to Intensive Care Units, which hasn’t happened for months.
While a series of media reports are coming out of two schools and the hospital in Nanaimo, the number of active cases in North Vancouver Island quietly increased from 8, on Monday, to 15 by Friday. After five days, the number of cases is close to double.
Island Health Press releases
Yesterday, November 13th, Island Health issued a press release stating they had been contacting patrons of Browns Socialhouse, in Courtenay, about a possible exposure to COVID-19 on November 3rd and 5th.
“Contact tracing has been completed and anyone identified as a close contact has been instructed to self-isolate.”
“ … If you have not been contacted by public health, then please be assured you did not have a high-risk exposure related to this case. No ongoing COVID-19 risk from this exposure has been identified.”
Island Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Richard Stanwick, has also issued a Public Health Order stating “Effective November 13, all owners and operators of campgrounds and RV parks must collect information from each patron that would enable contact tracing, including names and phone numbers. This information must be kept for a period of 30 days.”
North Vancouver Island’s four Health areas:
- Comox Valley
- Campbell River, which includes Cortes, Quadra and the other Discovery Islands.
- Vancouver Island North
- and Vancouver island West.
The most recent statistical breakdown of cases within those areas shows the cumulative total of cases up until the end of October. Comparing those numbers with those of the previous monthly summary, there were 8 new cases in the Comox Valley, 6 in Campbell River and 1 in Vancouver Island North during October.
The pace is escalating.
A monthly update of the cumulative cases in each health area, up until the end of November, should be released about this time in December.
Top photo credit: image taken from the city of Courtenay’s 2019 Annual report
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