A B.C. Centre for Disease Control map shows new COVID-19 cases by local health area for the week of April 11-17. (BCCDC image)

A B.C. Centre for Disease Control map shows new COVID-19 cases by local health area for the week of April 11-17. (BCCDC image)

BCCDC says fresh COVID-19 cases down in most Island Health areas

Nanaimo sees its fewest new COVID-19 cases since mid January

The number of new COVID-19 cases in the vast majority of Island Health local areas was down last week over the previous week.

In Nanaimo, last week’s numbers were lower than any other week since mid January.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control released data Wednesday, April 21, showing new cases by local health authority for the week of April 11-17.

There were 31 new COVID-19 cases reported in Greater Nanaimo over that seven-day period, the fewest since Jan. 10-16 when there were 29 new cases.

Greater Victoria was the hot spot on the Island for total new cases last week with 103 (down from 131), though Vancouver Island West, doubling from one to two new cases, had the most new cases per capita.

After Victoria, the areas of the Island with the highest numbers of new cases were Sooke and Western Communities with 50, Nanaimo with 31, Oceanside with 19 (way down from last week’s spike to 65) and Saanich Peninsula and the Comox Valley with 18 each.

The central Island’s new case count has been in single digits for five of the past seven days. Island Health says there are now 307 active COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island, with 84 on the central Island, 188 on the south Island and 35 on the north Island. BCCDC data shows four COVID-19 patients in critical care on Vancouver Island and another 31 hospitalized.

At a press conference Thursday, April 22, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were 1,006 new COVID-19 cases provincewide including 37 new cases on Vancouver Island.

story continues below

She asked British Columbians to stay local, keep distanced, wear masks, follow COVID-19 safety plans in schools and workplaces, stick to household groups, avoid non-essential travel and get vaccinated.

“This is what will protect our loved ones, our communities and each other,” she said.

Henry added that the number of COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized and in intensive care units is rising and is “alarming” to public health officials.

“The pressure on our health-care system is immense right now and our health-care workers need our help,” she said.

For more news from Vancouver Island and beyond delivered daily into your inbox, please click here.

READ ALSO: B.C. COVID-19 hotspots targeted as AstraZeneca vaccine runs low

READ ALSO: Two more COVID-19 cases identified as part of outbreak at Nanaimo hospital



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The District of Ucluelet is fast-tracking temporary use permits for RVs/campervans as seasonal housing. (Westerly file photo)
Ucluelet reviews 11 applications for RVs as seasonal housing

“Housing is so essential to everyone, and an issue that cases a lot of stress to business owners.”

Parks Canada and Tla-o-qui-aht public works dig the washed up Princess M out from sand along the south shore of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Rescue attempt costs man his boat off Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Coast Guard response questioned after volunteer responder’s speedboat capsizes in heavy swells

A B.C. Centre for Disease Control map showing new COVID-19 cases by local health area for the week of April 25-May 1. (BCCDC image)
Vancouver Island’s COVID-19 case counts continue to trend down

Fewer than 200 active cases on the Island, down from highs of 500-plus earlier this spring

Hotel Zed Tofino. (Westerly file photo)
Two Tofino businesses up for building awards

14th annual Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. to start releasing neighbourhood-specific COVID numbers after data leak

Documents obtained by the Vancouver Sun show cases broken down by neighbourhoods

Ladysmith RCMP safely escorted the black bear to the woods near Ladysmith Cemetary. (Town of Ladysmith/Facebook photo)
Black bear tranquillized, relocated after wandering around residential Ladysmith

A juvenile black bear was spotted near 2nd Avenue earlier Friday morning

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix update B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count creeps up, seven more deaths

445 people in hospital, 157 in intensive care

Summerland’s positive test rate is much higher than surrounding local health areas, according to internal BC CDC documents. (BC CDC)
Summerland 3rd behind Surrey, Abbotsford in daily per capita COVID-19 cases

Interior Health is rolling out additional vaccine availability to the community

Amazon is pausing its Prime Day marketing event in Canada this year amid ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at its facilities in Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Amazon Prime Day halted in Canada due to COVID-19 outbreaks in warehouses

The event was postponed to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, the company says

Ally Thomas, 12, seen in an undated family handout photo, died on April 14 from a suspected overdose. Her family says they are frustrated more public supports weren't available when they tried to get her help. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Minister says suspected overdose death of 12-year-old pushing B.C. to ‘do better’

Minister Sheila Malcolmson of Mental Health and Addictions says the government is working ‘as hard as we can’ to build a system of care for youths

At this Highway 3 check point, police officers will be asking for identification from drivers, documentation regarding the driver’s name and address, and the purpose for the driver’s travel. (RCMP)
No fines handed out at 1st COVID-19 roadblock as checks move across B.C.

Cpl. Chris Manseau says a total of 127 vehicles were stopped at a roadblock in the Manning Park area

A spectator looks on as the Olympic Caldron is relit in downtown Vancouver, Wednesday, February 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Small majority of B.C. residents in favour of a Vancouver 2030 Olympic bid: survey

A new survey shows a split over the possibility of public money being spent to organize and host the winter games

Most Read