VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in B.C. has fallen to below 100 for the first time in months, as the province reported 84 new infections since Wednesday.
There are 99 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, 30 of whom are in the ICU. However, two more people have died of the illness in the past two days.
Of the new cases, 49 were recorded on Thursday and 35 were recorded Friday.
The Fraser Health region saw the most new cases with 36, followed by Interior Health with 25. There were 21 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and two in Northern Health. Island Health did not report any new cases in the past two days.
More than 1.5 million British Columbians have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“In total, 5,124,693 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 1,526,711 of which are second doses,” reads a joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.
BC's #COVID19 Update (two reporting periods)
*78.7% of all adults/77.5% of those 12 and older have one dose, and 35.2% of all adults and 32.9% of those 12 and older have a second dose
*84 new cases
*99 in the hosp., 30 of whom in ICU
— Sonia Aslam (@SoniaSAslam) July 2, 2021
The province says 35.2 per cent of adults in B.C. and 32.9 per cent of those aged 12 and older have received two doses.
More than two-thirds of those eligible for COVID-19 vaccination have received at least one dose.
B.C. entered stage 3 of its restart plan on Thursday. Masks are no longer mandated by the province in indoor, public spaces. However, they are still recommended for people aged 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated.
British Columbians can now dine together in larger groups. Personal and organized gatherings can also take place in larger numbers.