(Island Health COVID-19 screening facility on Cook Street in Victoria/Victoria Buzz)

The Vancouver Island Health Authority decided to share their COVID-19 update about three hours ahead of the official province-wide daily case count announcement on Tuesday.

The data released at around 12 p.m. shows that on November 3, there were five new COVID-19 cases reported in the Vancouver Island Health region.

Out of those five new cases, two have been reported in the south island region, two are in the central part of the island, while one new case was found in the northern section.

Based on Tuesday’s update, there are now 18 active cases in the region.

In total, Vancouver Island Health region has had a total of 270 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

(Island Health)

Of those, 101 have been in south island, 87 in central island, and 82 in north island.

Island Health was not the only health authority to release their case numbers ahead of time on Tuesday.

The Fraser Health region shared the number of new cases in that health authority at around 12 p.m. as well.

According to the reports, there have been 187 new cases reported in Fraser Health as of Tuesday.

Victoria Buzz has reached out to Island Health to find out whether the region’s daily case numbers will be released ahead of the provincial announcement every day moving forward.