There were 112 new cases on Friday, nearly three times the number on Monday. There have been four new deaths for a total of 1,767 since the start of the pandemic.
Among the active cases, 46 people are hospitalized, including 17 in intensive care. The number of patients hospitalized with the virus remained relatively stable throughout the week.
The interior region of British Columbia recorded the majority of new cases. With 59 cases reported on Friday, the total number in that region now stands at 256.
The province’s former hotspot, Fraser Health Region, had 30 new cases, bringing its total active cases to 199.
Vancouver Coastal Health has reported 15 new cases, five to Island Health and three to Northern Health.
Four people have died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Our condolences go out to the family, friends and caregivers of those who have died from COVID-19.
– Adrian Dix (@adriandix) July 23, 2021
There are two active outbreaks in nursing homes in British Columbia: Laurel Place at Surrey Memorial Hospital and Holyrood Manor Long-Term Care Center.
Just over 80 percent of eligible British Columbians aged 12 and over have a dose of the vaccine, and over 58 percent are fully immunized.
Provincial Health Minister Adrian Dix said it was concerning to see cases on the rise, but as hospitalizations remain low, it is clear that vaccinations work and are the solution – as they always have been.
“If we look at all cases from June 15 to July 15, 78% of our COVID-19 cases are among the unvaccinated which is a minority of the population,” he says.
Unvaccinated people are where most infections occur. Only 4% of new cases during that time were fully immunized and a woman in her 90s has died, Dix says.
“People are talking about variations, and there are important variations that are of concern. [But] really the vulnerability is now in our unvaccinated populations, ”he said.
Next week, the province is developing a plan to get more first doses into guns.
After big jumps at the start with so many vaccinated now, Dix says it takes about a week to increase the first vaccines in 1% increments.