New COVID-19 case numbers on Vancouver Island decreased again last week, with the south Island in particular bending the curve.
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control released data on new cases by local health area on Wednesday, May 5, and the Island as a whole saw 40 fewer new cases last week than the week before.
Sooke and Western Communities showed the greatest change, with 20 new cases for the week of April 25-May 1, down from 41 new cases the week before.
Greater Victoria is still the Island’s hot spot for new cases with 67 new cases last week, but that was down from 74 the week prior. None of the local health areas on the Island reported more than five cases per 100,000 population last week.
After Greater Victoria, the local health areas on the Island with the most new cases last week were Nanaimo with 38, Sooke with 20, Oceanside with 12 and Campbell River with 11.
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Minister of Health Adrian Dix said in a joint statement Friday, May 7, that there were 722 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. since the day before, including 20 new cases on Vancouver Island.
Island Health said Thursday, May 6, that there were 187 active COVID-19 cases on the Island, with 93 on the south Island, 74 on the central Island and 20 on the north Island.