In a written statement, the province said there are currently 639 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in British Columbia. A total of 66 people are hospitalized, including 14 in intensive care.
Overall, hospitalizations, which typically lag behind peaks and declines in new cases, are down 24% from last Tuesday, when 87 people were hospitalized with the disease.
The number of intensive care patients is down about 36% from a week ago.
The provincial death toll from the disease is now 1,760 lives lost out of 148,187 cases confirmed to date.
So far, 79% of eligible people aged 12 and over in the province have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 46% have received their second dose.
Another site of care is not necessary
The Department of Health announced Tuesday that the alternative care site at the Vancouver Convention Center will be demobilized as the number of active COVID-19 cases continues to decline in the province.
According to a press release, the site was one of many sites established across British Columbia in April 2020 in case there was a large influx of patients due to the pandemic.
“I thank everyone who transformed the Vancouver Convention Center into an alternative care site,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix.
“While we are fortunate not to have to activate the site, your dedication meant that if our hospitals were at capacity, the people of Vancouver would have had a safe place to receive health care. It’s great to see the center about to come back to its original and lively space. “
He said the site has a capacity of 271 beds and is being assessed on an ongoing basis by Vancouver Coastal Health to ensure it reflects changing health care needs throughout the pandemic.
After months of restrictions, British Columbians are currently in Stage 3 of a four-stage provincial reopening plan that aims to lift virtually all restrictions by September.
As of July 1, people are allowed to travel within Canada and to organize and attend personal meetings inside and outside with no limit on the number of people who can join.
Residents of long-term care facilities in British Columbia will soon be allowed to visit friends and family without restrictions, provided they are fully immunized.
From July 19, visitors will no longer need to plan their visits in advance. There will also no longer be a limit on the number of visitors each resident can have.
Social events and gatherings will also resume in long-term care homes starting next Monday. Indoor gatherings can include residents and staff, outdoor gatherings can include family and friends. Adult day programs and residential respite may also be fully resumed.
Health officials have stressed the importance of vaccinations as activity levels rise for all British Columbians.
Anyone who has not yet registered for a vaccine in British Columbia can do so in the following ways: