New data show the COVID-19 pandemic's spread in B.C. is on the wane as the number of B.C. residents who are fully vaccinated has passed the two-million mark.
The province racked up 123 new infections in the past three days, including 46 on July 10, 47 on July 11, and 30 cases in the past 24 hours.
These case counts are considerably below where they were a month ago.
Last Monday, July 5, the province recorded 20 new COVID-19 infections, which was the lowest total for a day since July 19, 2020. The number of newly identified infections tends to be lower on Mondays, however, because less lab work is conducted.
No new COVID-19 deaths have been recorded in the past four days, leaving the province's death toll from the pandemic at 1,760.
The number of those in hospital with COVID-19 in B.C. has fallen to 66, which is the lowest number since October 5, when there were also 66 people in B.C. fighting for their lives in hospitals. Of those, 14 are in intensive care units (ICU), which is the lowest number since September 11, when there were 10 individuals in ICU.
Other good news is that the number of those actively battling infections has dropped for the first time in the past four data updates, and is 658.
The number of those facing active infections had fallen for a record 50 consecutive data updates, between April 16, when B.C. had 10,081 active infections, and July 6, when that number had declined to 602.
Since July 6, the number of active infections in the province rose three consecutive times: to 624 on July 7, to 649 on July 8, and to 661 on July 9.
By health region, the newly detected 123 cases include:
• 38 in Vancouver Coastal Health (31%) for a total of 257 (39%) active infections;
• 38 in Fraser Health (31%) for a total of 175 (26.2%) active infections;
• five in Island Health (4%) for a total of 22 (3.3%) active infections;
• 42 in Interior Health (34.1%) for a total of 167 (25.4%) active infections; and
• no cases in Northern Health (0%) for a total of 30 (4.6%) active infections.
The province warned that these numbers are "provisional," and may change.
More than 93.3%, or 145,722, of the 148,154 people known to have contracted COVID-19 in B.C. are considered by the province to have recovered because they have gone 10 days after first feeling symptoms, and are therefore thought to not be infectious.
Vaccinations in B.C. passed the two-million mark during the weekend.
In the past three days, B.C. health officials have administered 162,180 doses of vaccine to 9,649 unvaccinated people, and to 152,531 others who were getting needed second doses.
Overall, provincial officials have administered vaccine to 3,652,759 people, with 2,068,450 others getting needed second doses. This would mean that a total of 5,721,209 doses of vaccine have been administered. The province said in a statement that its officials have provided 5,741,691 doses of vaccine. Glacier Media has asked for a clarification, as no one in B.C. is known to have received vaccine if they are younger than 12 years old, nor has anyone received three doses.
The B.C. government's math calculates that 78.8% of those aged 12 years and older, and 79.9% of all B.C. adults have received at least one dose of vaccine. It also said in a statement that 44.6% of those older than 12 years are fully vaccinated, while 47.7% of all B.C. adults are fully vaccinated.
Active outbreaks at hospitals include:
• Laurel Place at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey;
• Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody; and
• Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.