British Columbia health officials are reporting 689 new cases of COVID-19 for the entire province on Thursday, with 42 linked to the Island Health region.
Within the Island Health region, there is currently a total of 346 active COVID-19 cases.
Today’s case total marks the highest number of cases in B.C. since May 7.
In a statement released to the media, Dr. Bonnie Henry says that 121 are in hospital with 56 people in critical care as a result of the virus. There are currently 5,982 active cases in British Columbia.
Since Wednesday’s numbers, there have been 123 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 219 in the Fraser Health region, 42 in the Island Health region, 278 in the Interior Health region, 27 in the Northern Health region and no cases for people who reside outside of Canada.
There were two additional deaths related to the virus on Thursday. This brings the provincial death total over the course of the pandemic to 1,784.
Also as of Thursday, the total number of cases in British Columbia over the course of the pandemic has reached 158,256.
As for the Province’s total vaccination program, B.C. has now administered a total of 7,280,835 doses of COVID-19 immunizations.
Health officials say that equates to first doses for 83.7 per cent of all eligible adult British Columbians and 82.9 per cent of all eligible people 12 and older.
In addition, 75.3 per cent of all eligible adults have received their second dose, totalling 3,257,934 residents.
Island Health has yet to release an active case breakdown on Vancouver Island for August 19.