B.C. health officials announced 250 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths on Wednesday, bringing the seven-day rolling average of new cases to its lowest point since early November.
In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said there are currently 3,580 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in B.C.
A total of 296 people are in hospital, including 97 in intensive care.
Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind spikes and dips in new cases, are down by 13 per cent from last Wednesday, when 340 people were in hospital with the disease.
The number of patients in intensive care is down by about 18 per cent from 118 a week ago.
so far, 2,979,951 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 152,010 second doses.
Henry and Dix urged British Columbians to register for a vaccine and book an appointment if they haven’t already, calling immunization “the foundation of our approach” to getting life back to normal again.
“Equally important is that our approach be purposeful and measured when spending time with others — keeping our socializing to a small number of people, going outside as much as possible and taking extra precautions if our family and friends are higher risk,” they said.
“Every day, we’re getting closer to where we want to be, so let’s keep going with our individual and collective efforts.”
The provincial death toll from the disease is now 1,683 lives lost out of 142,886 confirmed cases.