B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks at a press conference Monday, April 18. (B.C. Government image)

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks at a press conference Monday, April 18. (B.C. Government image)

New COVID-19 cases tick down on the central Island

New cases held to single digits three days in a row

The spread of COVID-19 in B.C. is concerning enough that the province is adding travel restrictions and extending health orders, but on the central Island, the virus was mostly in check this past weekend.

The central Island had its lowest tally of new COVID-19 cases in a month and a half on Sunday, April 18, with just five new cases, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. It was the third-straight day that new cases were in single digits, and the fourth time in the past five days.

The BCCDC reports that of the 35 new cases in Island Health on April 18, five were on the central Island, 23 were on the south Island and seven were on the north Island. On April 17 there were nine cases on the central Island, 30 on the south Island and two on the north Island and on April 18, there were nine cases on the central Island, 12 on the south Island and 10 on the north Island.

The central Island’s case count was in double digits every day between March 28-April 13.

Island Health reported that there are 346 active COVID-19 cases in the health region, with 102 on the central Island, 207 on the south Island and 37 on the north Island.

Provincewide, there were 2,960 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths – including a two-year-old – over the three days leading up to Monday, April 18.

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