BC announces 108 new coronavirus cases; 37 in IH region

108 new cases, zero deaths

The provincial government has announced 108 new coronavirus cases, including 37 in the Interior Health region.

The new cases bring B.C.’s total since the pandemic began to 146,561 cases, although just 1,496 remain active. There are now 139 people hospitalized with the virus in B.C., 39 of whom are in intensive care.

There were no new COVID-19 related deaths reported on Tuesday and the outbreak at Kelowna General Hospital has been declared over.

There have now been 4.1 million doses of the vaccine administered in B.C., 657,491 of which are second doses. That means 76.1 per cent of adults and 74.4 per cent of those aged 12 and up have received at least one dose.

"Today, we start Step 2 of BC's Restart plan, moving forward slowly to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us. As has been the case since the start of the pandemic, our success in this next phase is dependent on all of us doing our part to keep COVID-19 low and slow,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry in a news release.

"If you are considering visiting another community for recreational travel, be aware that some people and some communities are moving at a slower pace — a pace that works for them. These communities may not be ready to welcome visitors at this time, so please be respectful when making any travel plans.”

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