B.C. had 87 new COVID-19 cases, one death, in past 24 hours

87 new cases, one death

Another 87 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in British Columbia in the past 24 hours, including 41 in the Interior Health region.

The new cases bring the total positive tests in the province to 147,271, but there remains 1,119 active cases. Active cases dropped by 31 since Tuesday.

Interior Health continues to make up an increasing proportion of the province's new cases, with 47 per cent of the new cases coming from the Interior Wednesday. Meanwhile Fraser Health made up 34 per cent of B.C.'s cases, while Vancouver Coastal Health made up 15 per cent.

COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped by two since Tuesday, to 109, and 41 of these people are being treated in ICU.

One more COVID-positive person has died in B.C. The latest death brings the total deaths in B.C. to 1,744.

Two new COVID-19 outbreaks were declared Wednesday at West Vancouver's Hollyburn House and Richmond's Minoru Residence.

Another 58,230 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total doses to 4,570,153. The administration of second doses has been increasing in recent weeks, and to date, 1,051,910 second doses have been administered.

As of Friday, 77.2 per cent of all adults in B.C. And 75.8 per cent of those 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 24.3 per cent of all adults and 22.7 per cent of those 12 and older have received a second dose.

“While cases continue to come down, we still have new cases from community transmission every day. That is why, whether you live in the North, on the Coast or in the Interior, we strongly encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated as soon as you are eligible,” Dr. Bonnie Henry said in a statement.

“We are progressing well, and we need to keep going. For every person who gets vaccinated, it will allow us to gradually transition and safely reopen many things that have been on hold. Our approach in B.C. will continue to be a ‘dimmer switch’ instead of a ‘light switch’ approach.”

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