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B.C.'s daily COVID-19 cases continue decline, with 250

FILE - Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy Government of B.C., Flickr)

There are 296 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in B.C., 97 of whom are in the ICU

Three more COVID patients have died in B.C. in the past day

Nearly 3 million doses of COVID vaccine administered in the province

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The COVID-19 numbers are still moving in the right direction, with B.C. recording 250 new cases in the past day. It’s the third day in a row the province recorded fewer than 300 infections.

Of Wednesday’s new cases, 44 per cent were in the Fraser Health region. Another 34 per cent were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

There are 296 people in the hospital, 97 of whom are in the ICU. Compared to Tuesday, those numbers are down from 301 and up from 93, respectively.

Three more people have died of the illness, for a total of 1,683 deaths since the pandemic began.

When it comes to vaccines, 2,979,951 doses have been administered, 152,010 of which are second doses.

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On Tuesday, B.C. unveiled its restart plan, which includes the allowance of larger gatherings and province-wide travel as early as June 15. If all goes to plan, B.C. would be essentially completely re-opened by September.

That plan is contingent on COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations declining and remaining low, as well as British Columbians getting vaccinated.

“As immunization is the foundation of our approach, it’s crucial to our success that we all get registered and vaccinated,” reads a joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.