Vancouver Island had 55 cases of COVID-19 confirmed Friday, March 26. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island had 55 cases of COVID-19 confirmed Friday, March 26. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island hits new high with 55 COVID cases

Amidst vaccination efforts, cases still on the rise

Vancouver Island hit a record high of 55 new COVID-19 cases today. The previous high daily case number was 46, hit on two days in January and February.

New cases have bounced between mid-20s and 40s in March, but 55 is the first time Vancouver Island has had more than 50 cases in a day.

Vancouver Island Health Authority is reporting 117 active cases in the South, 128 in the Central which includes Nanaimo, and 21 in the North which in this case runs from the Comox Valley to Port Hardy.

The Island has had a 3,081 cases since last March, and 28 people have died from the disease.

Meanwhile immunization efforts continue across the province; a total of 637,856 doses have been given; almost 90,000 of those are second shots.

People 74 years or older and Indigenous people over 55 can book a vaccine this week. Next week, people who have been clinically declared to have extreme vulnerability will be able to book vaccine appointments.

In a separate news conference today, Dr. Richard Stanwick, chief medical health officer for Island Health, said many younger people are making their own risk assessments in the pandemic, but he cautioned that younger people aren’t invulnerable to sickness, long-term consequences and in rare cases, death.

There has been an alarming increase in the severe symptoms among younger people requiring hospitalization.

“We need to continue that very strong messaging to this group that if at all possible, follow the social distancing … [so we’re] not giving the virus the opportunity to cause the significant mischief, and delay as much as possible the establishment of one of the variants as the common strain, because it’s going to be associated with poorer outcomes,” he said.

“So it is a race, it is a battle and we’re trying to enlist as many people as possible.” 

READ ALSO: Another 908 COVID-19 cases confirmed in B.C. Friday, nearing record

READ ALSO: 100,000 Vancouver Island residents now immunized against COVID-19

— With files from Greg Sakaki.

Coronavirus

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

Just Posted

Facebook screenshot of the sea lion on Holberg Road. (Greg Clarke Facebook video)
VIDEO: Sea lion spotted in bizarre area of remote Holberg Road

Greg Clarke was driving home on the Holberg Road Monday, April 12, when he saw a large sea lion.

Port Hardy Minor Hockey logo
Port Hardy Minor Hockey hands out year-end awards

The ‘Outstanding Parent Volunteer Award’ went to Kimberly Hunt and Blair Isaac.

Melissa Milligan is working to build a disc golf course in Port Hardy. (Submitted photo)
Port Hardy’s disc golf survey results are in

138 people in total took the survey, with 94 per cent voting yes.

RCMP display some of the fish seized from three suspects who pleaded guilty to violating the Fisheries Act in 2019, in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - RCMP
3 banned from fishing, holding licences after overfishing violations in Gold River area

Mounties seized the group’s 30-foot fishing vessel and all equipment on board at the time

A 3.0-magnitude earthquake occurred off Ucluelet just after 12:30 a.m. on April 10 and was reportedly felt as far south as Oregon. (Map via United States Geological Survey)
Quake off Ucluelet reportedly felt as far south as Oregon

Magnitude 1.5 earthquake also reported off Vancouver Island’s west coast hours earlier

Burnaby MLA Raj Chouhan presides as Speaker of the B.C. legislature, which opened it spring session April 12 with a speech from the throne. THE CANADIAN PRESS
B.C. NDP promises more health care spending, business support in 2021 budget

John Horgan government to ‘carefully return to balanced budgets’

Guinevere, lovingly referred to by Jackee Sullivan and her family as Gwenny, is in need of a gynecological surgery. The family is raising money to help offset the cost of the procedure. (Jackee Sullivan/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Langley lizard’s owners raise funds for gynecological surgery

The young reptile is scheduled for operation on Tuesday

Defence counsel for the accused entered two not guilty pleas by phone to Grand Forks Provincial Court Tuesday, Jan. 12. File photo
B.C. seafood company owner fined $25K for eating receipt, obstructing DFO inspection

Richmond company Tenshi Seafood is facing $75,000 in fines as decided March 4 by a provincial court judge

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 2, 2021. (Hansard TV)
B.C. NDP ministers defend ‘air tax,’ latest COVID-19 business aid

Empty home tax doesn’t apply to businesses, but space above them

In Ontario, COVID-19 vaccine clinics have been set up at local mosques. (Submitted photo: Rufaida Mohammed)
Getting the vaccine does not break your fast, says Muslim COVID-19 task force

Muslim community ‘strongly’ encouraging people to get their shot, whether or not during Ramadan

A vehicle that was driven through the wall of a parkade at Uptown Shopping Centre and into the nearby Walmart on April 9 was removed through another hole in the wall later that night. (Photo via Saanich Police Department and Ayush Kakkar)
Police: mental health crisis likely in car driven through Saanich Walmart wall

Man in his early 20s drove through a parkade wall, no serious injuries reported

A plane is seen through the window on the tarmac of Vancouver International Airport as the waiting room is empty. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
100+ international travellers who landed in B.C. refused to quarantine

The Public Health Agency of Canada says it issued $3,000 violation tickets to each

A health-care worker holds up a vial of the AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, Thursday, March 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
PHAC receives first report of blood clot linked to AstraZeneca

The federal agency says the person is now recovering at home

The Campbell River Gun Club outdoor range is located on Argonaut Road west of Campbell River. CRGC/Facebook photo
Campbell River Gun Club range shut down after complaints of stray bullets

Neighbour says bullets hit caretaker’s RV and shattered a glass panel on his deck

Most Read