British Columbia

B.C. records 89 new cases of COVID-19, the highest one-day case count in a month

B.C. health officials have announced 89 new cases of COVID-19 but no additional deaths, with the seven day rolling average of new cases up 80 per cent in the last two weeks.

There are 53 people in hospital with the disease, 15 of whom are in intensive care

A group of people wait for a bus with luggage in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

B.C. health officials have announced 89 new cases of COVID-19 but no additional deaths, with the seven day rolling average of new cases up 80 per cent in the last two weeks.

The number of new cases announced Thursday is the highest since June 20.

The provincial government warned cases could increase slightly when restrictions were first lifted at the beginning of the month, but that COVID-19 vaccines were offering very good protection against the worst health outcomes.

In a written statement, the provincial Ministry of Health said there are currently 781 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in B.C.

A total of 53 people are in hospital, with 15 in intensive care, up from 12 a week ago.

Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind spikes and dips in new cases, are down by about 16 per cent from last Thursday, when 63 people were in hospital with the disease. 

The provincial death toll from the disease is now 1,763 lives lost out of 148,730 confirmed cases to date.

So far, 6,118,029 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 2,605,052 second doses.

The province says 80 per cent of all eligible residents 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose and 57 per cent have received a second dose.

Firefighters join vaccination campaign

Fourteen firefighters in Victoria have stepped up to administer vaccinations after a mass clinic experienced staff shortages.

 "Helping to get more people vaccinated sooner is a meaningful way we can protect public safety and support the important work Island Health is doing to keep us all healthy," said acting fire chief Daniel Atkinson in a statement.  

Fraser Health Region and Vancouver Coastal Health Region have also deployed off-duty firefighters to maximize the number of vaccinations provided to the public.

Vaccinations critical

B.C. health officials have stressed the importance of vaccinations to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Anyone in B.C. who has not yet registered to be immunized is asked to do so now.

Registration can be done online through the "Get Vaccinated" portal, by calling 1-833-838-2323, or in person at any Service B.C. location.

 

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now