VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – B.C. has recorded 46 new cases of COVID-19 in the past day, though 87 people are hospitalized with the illness.
Of those in the hospital, 22 are in the ICU.
Most of the new cases were spread out through the Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Interior Health regions (with 15, 13, and 13 cases, respectively). Northern Health reported two new infections and Island Health reported three others.
No one in B.C. has died of COVID-19 in the past day. There have been a total of 1,759 deaths in this province since the pandemic began.
The province says 78.1 per cent of British Columbians aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 37 per cent have received two doses.
On July 1, B.C. entered Stage 3 of its Restart Plan, which aims to return life back to near-normal by early September.
Masks are no longer mandated by the province, but are still recommended for people aged 12 and older who have not yet been fully vaccinated.
British Columbians can dine with larger groups at restaurants, hold organized gatherings such as weddings, and go to a nightclub or casino where protocols must be in place.
The earliest B.C. could enter Stage 4 of the plan is Sept. 7. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has previously said in order for that to happen, more than 70 per cent of adults will need to have had at least one dose of vaccine, and cases and hospitalizations need to be low and stable.