In the Island Health region, there are currently a total of 127 active cases of COVID-19.
The 402 cases mark the highest daily total since May 21.
In a statement released to media, Dr Bonnie Henry says 58 people are hospitalized and 21 people in intensive care because of the virus. There are currently 2,066 active cases in British Columbia.
As of Wednesday’s figures, there have been 41 new cases of COVID-19 in Vancouver Coastal Health Region, 82 in Fraser Health Region, 25 in Island Health Region, 234 in Vancouver Health Region. Interior, 20 in the Northern Health Region and none for people residing outside of Canada.
There were no additional deaths linked to the virus on Thursday. This keeps the provincial total of deaths during the pandemic at 1,772.
Also on Thursday, the total number of cases in British Columbia during the pandemic reached 151,375.
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The province continues to urge British Columbians to get vaccinated, on the heels of the first walk-in Wednesday – a move to increase immunizations in every community.
According to health officials, more than 33,000 British Columbians showed up at walk-in clinics Wednesday – 16,505 walk-in – with more than 7,600 first doses administered.
“From Vanderhoof to Victoria, from Chilliwack to Creston, we have seen thousands of people across British Columbia show up on Wednesday without an appointment and do their part to get the vaccine,” said Minister of Health Adrian Dix . “With nearly 68% of eligible people now fully vaccinated in our province, every dose we administer gets us closer to our goal. The best way to protect us all is to get vaccinated. “
The province has 20,000 doses set aside for walk-in vaccinations and more than 80 percent of those doses have been administered, Dix said.
British Columbia adds that 37.6% of vaccines given were first doses, marking the highest total of first doses given in a day since July 10, 2021.
“Our province is currently facing a surge of unvaccinated cases,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer. “Events like walk-in Wednesdays are essential to make it even easier for people to get vaccinated. I am grateful to all British Columbians who rolled up their sleeves to get their COVID-19 vaccine – this simple gesture brings us one step closer to putting the pandemic behind us. “
In terms of the province’s total immunization program, British Columbia has now administered a total of 6,965,062 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Health officials say this equates to the first doses for 82.6 percent of all eligible B.C. adults and 81.7 percent of all eligible people ages 12 and older.
In addition, 70.6% of all eligible adults received their second dose, for a total of 3,053,283 residents.