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Interior Health has nearly half of all new COVID cases in B.C. today

B.C. health minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provide an update on COVID-19, Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
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June 23, 2021 - 3:41 PM

Interior Health had nearly half of all new COVID-19 cases reported in B.C. today.

In today's joint statement, Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, said there were 87 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 147,271. Of these, 41 were in the Interior Health region, 13 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 30 are in the Fraser Health region, three are in the Island Health region and none were in Northern Health.

There are currently 1,119 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 109 people hospitalized, with 41 of whom are in intensive care. There has been one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 1,744 deaths in British Columbia.

Health officials did some recalculations from numbers reported yesterday and said with those factored in, 77.2% of all adults in B.C. and 75.8% of those 12 and older have now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, 24.3% of all adults in B.C. and 22.7% of those 12 and older have received their second dose. In total, 4,570,153 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 1,051,910 of which are second doses.

"Our vaccines are safe and highly effective. Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca are all helping to significantly reduce the number of people getting seriously ill with COVID-19," Dix and Henry said.

"While cases continue to come down, we still have new cases from community transmission every day. That is why, whether you live in the North, on the Coast or in the Interior, we strongly encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated as soon as you are eligible.

To date there are 2.75 billion people worldwide who have been vaccinated.

"We are progressing well, and we need to keep going. For every person who gets vaccinated, it will allow us to gradually transition and safely reopen many things that have been on hold. Our approach in B.C. will continue to be a 'dimmer switch' instead of a 'light switch' approach," they said.

"This is a time of optimism and renewal — a time to turn down your personal risk by getting vaccinated and to gradually turn up your social interactions as we start to put COVID-19 behind us."

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