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Number of Vancouver Island COVID-19 cases on the rise again

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Amidst reports of a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, the numbers of active cases on Vancouver Island is once again rising.

The virus appeared to have totally disappeared from the north of the island by the end of June. While there were still cases in the more populated south and central regions, they numbered in dozens rather than hundreds.

New COVID-19 cases in Vancouver Island Local health areas between Aug. 8-14. Map adapted from BC Centre for Disease Control by Roy L Hales

Island Health reported 278 active cases yesterday (Aug. 18), and 28 of these were in North Vancouver Island.

The breakdown by specific Local Health Areas in the north, during the epi-week ending on Saturday, Aug. 14, was as follows:

There were no cases in Vancouver Island West at that time.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, says the transmission is primarily occurring among unvaccinated young adults.

“While the Delta variant is more contagious, a complete two-dose series of COVID-19 vaccine still provides substantial protection. The vast majority of cases and hospitalizations are in those not fully vaccinated,” Tam said in the statement Aug. 12.

Top photo credit: View from the Comox Valley Local Health Area, where more than half of North Vancouver Island’s active COVID-19 cases are located. Photo by Heather Harvey via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License).

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