B.C. is reporting 72 new cases of COVID-19 for the entire province with two additional deaths in that span.
Of the 72 new cases, four are linked to the Island Health region.
Dr. Bonnie Henry says that 108 are in hospital — a decrease of five from June 24 — with 37 people in critical care as a result of the virus (an increase of three). There are currently 1,096 active cases in British Columbia.
Since Thursday’s numbers, there have been 24 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 29 in the Fraser Health region, four in the Island Health region, 13 in the Interior Health region and two in the Northern Health region.
There were two additional deaths related to the virus on Friday. This brings the provincial death total over the course of the pandemic to 1,747.
Also as of Friday, the total number of cases in British Columbia over the course of the pandemic has reached 147,418.
Health officials also said, to date, 4,703,549 doses of all three COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the province, 1,167,117 of which are second doses.
B.C. health officials say that 77.6 per cent of all adults in B.C. and 76.2 per cent of those 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
In addition, 26.9 per cent of all adults in B.C. and 25.2 per cent of those 12 and older have received their second dose.
Dr. Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix took a moment in Friday’s release to acknowledge the heatwave that Vancouver Island and other parts of B.C. are expected to face over the next several days.
“This weekend, with the anticipated extreme hot weather throughout the province, we remind everyone in British Columbia to stay cool and hydrated – whether you will be going to a vaccine clinic or spending time with friends and family outside,” reads a joint statement from the two health officials.
“Our mass clinics are indoors, and many pop-up clinics have moved to cooler, indoor locations. If you have a vaccine appointment at a pop-up clinic or are planning to drop in, check the location before you go, wear a hat and sunscreen, and bring water.”
On Vancouver Island, record-setting temperatures of up to 37 degrees Celsius are expected in the coming days.
Island Health has yet to release the active case breakdowns for Vancouver Island on June 25.