B.C. had 185 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths, in past 24 hours

185 new cases, three deaths

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in B.C., with another 185 cases identified in the province Wednesday, including 113 in the Interior.

The Interior has led the province in new cases in the recent weeks, resulting in the province reintroducing the indoor public mask mandate just in the Central Okanagan.

The new cases bring the total positive tests in the province to 149,444, but there remains 909 active cases. Active cases have been consistently rising in recent weeks, and they jumped again by 126 since Tuesday. More than half of the province's active cases, 503, are in the Interior.

COVID-19 hospitalizations across B.C. rose by three Wednesday, to 47, including 20 who are in intensive care. Despite the high number of active cases in the Interior relative to the rest of the province, just five people are hospitalized with the virus in the Interior.

There were three new COVID-related deaths Wednesday in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, bringing the total province-wide deaths to 1,771. To date, 161 people have died with COVID-19 in the Interior.

Another 48,741 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the past 24 hours.

As of Thursday, 80.9 per cent, or 3,747,391 eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose, while 63.2 per cent, or 2,857,809 people, have received their second dose.

Those who haven't registered to get a vaccine yet can do so here. Due to the outbreak in the Central Okanagan announced Wednesday, residents in the region can now receive their second dose after 28 days, rather than 49 days in the rest of the province.

There remains active COVID-19 outbreaks at the Nelson Jubilee Manor and Maple Ridge's Holyrood Manor.

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