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113 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.; 31 in Interior Health

FILE PHOTO - B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix speaks to reporters during a COVID-19 update, May 10, 2021, as provincial health minister Dr. Bonnie Henry looks on.
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June 16, 2021 - 3:17 PM

B.C. health officials are announcing 113 cases of COVID-19, 31 from within the Interior Health region, for a total of 146,674 since the pandemic began.

There are currently 1,454 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 134 people are currently hospitalized, with 41 of whom are in intensive care. There have also been four new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,738 deaths in B.C.

The outbreak at Kelowna's Spring Valley Care Centre is now over.

Vaccination rates edged up again today, and B.C. is reporting that 76.3% of all adults in B.C. and 74.6% of those 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In total, 4,165,142 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 710,847 of which are second doses.

"British Columbia has some of the highest levels of immunization for Dose 1 in the world — something we can be incredibly proud of — and we have the ability to push that even higher," provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement released today, June 16.

"If you haven't yet had a chance to book your first dose, please take a moment to do that today. Equally important, encourage those around you to do the same. Many locations are offering extended hours and mobile clinics to make it as easy as possible for you and your loved ones to take this important step."

They say getting fully immunized is the best way for us to put the COVID-19 pandemic in the past.

"It is how we protect our family and friends, the people at our favourite store or local theatre, as well as the communities we want to visit this summer," they said.

Go to the province's Get Vaccinated website here to register for your shot.

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