COVID-19: B.C. records 75 new cases and three deaths

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will give the latest figures on newly confirmed cases, deaths, recoveries and more.

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B.C. recorded 75 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the sixth straight day new cases stayed below 100.

Health officials say there are now 1,111 active cases in the province.

Out of the new cases, 17 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 44 in Fraser Health, 12 in Interior Health, and one each in Island Health and Northern Health.

A total of 113 people are in hospital, with 34 of those patients in intensive care.

There were also three new deaths from COVID-19, bring the provincial death toll to 1,747 out of 147,346 total cases since the pandemic began.

Health officials also provided an update on the ongoing vaccination efforts.

As of Thursday, 77.5 per cent of British Columbian adults and 76 per cent of those 12 and older have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The second-dose vaccination rate is also on the rise, with nearly 26 per cent of all adults, and 24.2 per cent of those 12 and older, receiving their second shot.

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More than 4.6 million doses of vaccines have been administered in B.C., about 24 per cent of which are second doses.

Health officials encouraged British Columbians to get fully immunized as soon as they are eligible.

“Getting vaccinated is your ticket to travel and safe social connections,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix and B.C. chief provincial officer Dr. Bonnie Henry in a joint statement. “It is also our shared path to putting COVID-19 behind us as soon as possible.”

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