In a written statement, the province said there are currently 729 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in British Columbia, the highest number of active cases in recent weeks. A total of 48 people are hospitalized for the disease, the lowest number of hospitalizations since September 10 last year. Sixteen people are in intensive care, up from 11 a week ago.
Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind peaks and declines in new cases, are down 26.2% from last Wednesday, when 65 people were hospitalized for the disease.
The provincial death toll from the disease is currently 1,763 lives lost out of 148,641 cases confirmed to date.
Currently, there are two active outbreaks in the province, both at Fraser Health. One is in acute care at Laurel Place at Surrey Memorial Hospital and the other in long-term care at Holyrood Manor.
So far, 6,297,149 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 2,552,325 second doses.
On Wednesday, 80.1 percent of people aged 12 and over in British Columbia received their first dose of the vaccine and 55.6 percent received a second dose.
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The seven-day moving average of new cases has slowly risen over the past two weeks and is up about 50% from its low two weeks ago.
The provincial government warned that cases could increase slightly when restrictions were first lifted earlier this month, but COVID-19 vaccines offered very good protection against the worst health outcomes.
Anyone in British Columbia who has not yet registered for the vaccine is urged to do so now.
Registration can be done online through the Get Vaccinated portal, by calling 1-833-838-2323, or in person at any Service BC location.
Wildfires in the interior of the province forced cancellations of COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Oliver and Osoyoos that were scheduled for July 20 and 21.
According to Interior Health, people with appointments are notified of cancellations and will be able to change reservations.