Authorities have now confirmed 147,131 cases of COVID-19 in B.C. since the pandemic began, including 5,150 cases in the Vancouver Island region. Still, having the lowest number of new cases in a day in more than 10 months is a significant achievement.
We have recorded 126 new cases in the 24 hour period ending at 8.00am yesterday.
Three people were hospitalized awaiting test results, up from one Thursday, according to Public Health data.
In a written statement marking the first update on the pandemic since Friday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said there are now 1,204 active cases of the novel coronavirus in B.C.
The cases have risen primarily because of the spread of the Delta variant, which was first found in India. In the past three days, health officials administered 140,281 doses of vaccine, with 79.9% of those, to 112,030 people, being needed second doses.
The number of British Columbians who have had at least one dose of vaccine has finally surpassed 3.5 million.
With the vaccine rate increasing, New Mexico's rate of COVID-19 infections has dropped to its lowest level since April 2020 and the state's death rate related to the virus has also gone down. Young people aged 12 to 17 must continue to receive Pfizer for both doses, as this is now the only vaccine approved for use in this age group.
Another 280,241 people also had a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 236,363 had a second dose.
Today, I am pleased to announce the launch of the CoVID-19 Dashboard, where active cases in Fiji can now be viewed on online using an interactive GIS Dashboard. Thirty-two patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care while no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care Saturday.
"Let's remember that the virus is still circulating in communities, here in B.C. and in neighbouring provinces and territories", Dix and Henry said. "It is your ticket to safe travel this summer".