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Number of new COVID-19 cases in Nanaimo doubles from previous week

Nanaimo was Vancouver Island’s COVID-19 hotspot Oct. 24-30 according to BCCDC data
A B.C. Centre for Disease Control map showing new COVID-19 cases by local health area for the week of Oct. 24-30. (BCCDC image)

The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Nanaimo nearly doubled from the week before.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control released new case data on Wednesday, Nov. 3, showing 165 new COVID-19 cases in Nanaimo for the week of Oct. 24-30, the first time that the number of new cases in one week has reached triple digits during the pandemic. Last week’s tally of new cases was up from 85 new cases the previous week.

Nanaimo is Vancouver Island’s hot spot for cases, as Cowichan Valley South was the local health area with with second-highest number of cases, 68, and Greater Victoria was third with 55 cases. Vancouver Island West was the Island’s hot spot for new cases per capita last week, with 17 new cases, ahead of Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley South and Alberni-Clayoquot.

Provincial health officials reported Wednesday, Nov. 3, that there were 430 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. since yesterday, with 47 of those cases on Vancouver Island. Island Health reports 524 active COVID-19 cases, with 339 of those cases on the central Island, 123 on the south Island and 62 on the north Island.

According to social media posts from B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix, 90.1 per cent of British Columbians have received at least one dose of vaccine and 85.5 per cent have received two doses. Of the 137 COVID-19 patients in critical care in B.C. hospitals, 88 per cent are not fully vaccinated, the health minister said.

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