British Columbia health officials are reporting 3,223 new cases of COVID-19 for the entire province on Thursday with 417 linked to the Island Health region.
Within the Island Health region, there is currently a total of 3,765 active COVID-19 cases — the highest it has ever been over the course of the pandemic.
In a statement released to the media, Dr. Bonnie Henry says that 324 are in hospital with 90 people in critical care as a result of the virus. There are currently 31,817 active cases in British Columbia, which is an increase of over 10,000 cases within the past seven days.
Since Wednesday’s numbers, there have been 662 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,538 in the Fraser Health region, 417 in the Island Health region, 408 in the Interior Health region, 194 in the Northern Health region and four new cases for people who reside outside of Canada.
There have been three additional deaths related to the virus in the past 24 hours, none of which were located in the Island Health region. That brings the provincial death total over the course of the pandemic to 2,430.
Also as of Thursday, the total number of cases in British Columbia over the course of the pandemic has reached 273,731.
As for the Province’s total vaccination program, B.C. has now administered a total of 9,552,369 doses of COVID-19 immunizations.
Health officials say that equates to first doses for 92.4 per cent of all eligible adult British Columbians and 92.1 per cent of all eligible people 12 and older.
In addition, 89.8 per cent of all eligible adults have received their second dose, totalling 3,883,599 residents and 24.1 per cent of the population has received a third dose (1,041,515 people).
From Dec. 29 to Jan. 4, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 16.5 per cent of cases and from Dec. 22 to Jan. 4, they accounted for 41.1 per cent of hospitalizations.