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COVID-19: B.C. records lowest daily case count since September

Last Updated Jun 14, 2021 at 4:33 pm PDT

Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Summary

There were four COVID-related deaths over the weekend

B.C. has 136 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, including 42 in the ICU

More than 4 million COVID vaccine doses have been administered in B.C.

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – B.C.’s COVID-19 daily case count hit the lowest figure since last September on Monday, with 68 new infections.

There were 96 new cases on Saturday and 113 on Sunday, for a three-day total of 277.

Of the new cases, 13 per cent were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and 53 per cent were in the Fraser Health region.

There are 1,537 active cases in the province. Of those, 136 are in the hospital, including 42 who are in intensive care. Those figures are down from 162 and 45, respectively, on Friday.

B.C. also recorded four COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,734 since the pandemic began.

The province has hit a another million-mark in its vaccination campaign, with 4,048,346 doses administered so far. Of those, 613,453 are second doses.

A joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix says 75.9 per cent of all adults in B.C. and 74.1 per cent of those aged 12 and up have received at least one dose.

The sharp drop in the number of cases comes a day before restrictions ease in B.C. On Tuesday, the province moves into the second stage of its restart plan.

Social gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed outdoors, while gatherings of the same size will be permitted for seated, indoor, organized events, such as at movie theatres and banquet halls, with safety protocols.

The province continues to recommend gatherings at homes remain small, adding we should continue to stick to one household or up to five people when getting together with others indoors.

The current measures restricting most non-essential travel between health regions will also be scaled back, with people asked to check local advisories.

Restaurants and bars will also be allowed to serve liquor until midnight.

The province’s mask mandate, business safety protocols, and physical distancing measures are to remain in place for this phase of the restart plan.

The consultation process to prepare for larger indoor and outdoor gatherings with safety protocols is set to get underway, with the return to such events possible as early as July 1.

Indoor sports (games) and high-intensity fitness will be allowed to resume as of Tuesday, with safety protocols, and spectators will be allowed back for outdoor sports, with a cap at 50 people.

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B.C.’s four-step plan, which ends with everything pretty much as we knew it by as early as September, is heavily dependent on COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations declining, as well as vaccination rates continuing to trend up.