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B.C. records 78 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths

Last Updated Jul 21, 2021 at 2:24 pm PDT

FILE - Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry during a daily COVID-19 update on Aug. 24, 2020. (Courtesy Province of B.C./Flikr)

Second straight day of daily B.C. COVID-19 case counts in the 70s

Interior Health recorded the most new cases Wednesday with 31

Province says 55.6 per cent of eligible British Columbians have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – B.C. has recorded another 78 new COVID-19 infections, marking the second consecutive day of case counts in the seventies.

The Interior Health Authority reported the most new cases Wednesday with 31. Vancouver Coastal Health recorded 23 cases and Fraser Health recorded 21. There were just two new cases in Island health and one in Northern Health.

On Tuesday, B.C. recorded 76 new infections, which was nearly double the 40 cases reported the day before.

Active cases rose from 692 to 729 in the past day. While the number of people hospitalized with the virus fell slightly from 50 to 48, the number of patients in the ICU has risen from 12 to 16.

The province recorded zero deaths, keeping the overall B.C. pandemic death toll at 1,763.

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When it comes to vaccines, 55.6 per cent of eligible British Columbians have received their second dose, while the number of first doses administered stands at 80.1 per cent.

Since December 2020, the Province has administered 6,297,149 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

There is an outbreak in acute care, at Laurel Place at Surrey Memorial Hospital and another in long-term care at Holyrood Manor.

On July 1, B.C. entered Phase 3 of its restart plan, which did away with the provincial mask mandate, allowed nightclubs and casinos to re-open, and removed restrictions on the number of people who can dine out together.

If all goes to the government’s plan, B.C. will enter its fourth and final stage of its plan in early September.