Coronavirus: B.C. records 113 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 more deaths

Coronavirus : Manitoba records 102 new COVID cases; three deaths reported Tuesday
Coronavirus : Manitoba records 102 new COVID cases; three deaths reported Tuesday

B.C. health officials announced 113 new cases of COVID-19 and four more deaths on Wednesday.

In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said there are currently 1,454 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in B.C. Wednesday’s update includes zero new case in the North Health region.

A total of 134 people are in hospital, with 41 in intensive care.

Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind spikes and dips in new cases, are down by 31 per cent from last Wednesday, when 195 people were in hospital with the disease.

The number of patients in intensive care is down by about 13 per cent from 47 a week ago.

So far, 4,165,142 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 710,847 second doses. That means 76.3 per cent of B.C. adults and 74.6 per cent of those over the age of 12 have received their first shot.

“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,” Henry and Dix said.

“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.”

While the overall vaccination rate is high, the push to get first doses into arms appears to have slowed. Just 8,881 first doses were administered on Tuesday, the lowest number since March 8.

The provincial death toll from the disease is now 1,738 lives lost out of 146,674 confirmed cases to date.

Meanwhile, an outbreak at Spring Valley Care Centre in Kelowna has been declared over.

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