British Columbia is reporting 46 new cases of COVID-19 for the entire province over the past day with three linked to the Island Health region.
On Vancouver Island, there are currently only 12 active cases of COVID-19.
Dr. Bonnie Henry says that 87 are in hospital with 22 people in critical care as a result of the virus. There are currently 602 active cases in British Columbia.
Since Monday’s numbers, there have been 15 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 13 in the Fraser Health region, three in the Island Health region, 13 in the Interior Health region and two in the Northern Health region.
There were zero additional deaths related to the virus on Tuesday. This keeps the provincial death total over the course of the pandemic to 1,759.
Also as of Tuesday, the total number of cases in British Columbia over the course of the pandemic has reached 147,797.
Health officials say that 78.1 per cent of all eligible British Columbians 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which totals 3,618,865 residents.
In addition, 37 per cent of all eligible people 12 and older have received their second dose, totalling 1,714,394 residents.
“COVID-19 is not the only emergency our province is facing. With rising temperatures and an unprecedented heat wave comes increased wildfire risk, and we are already seeing signs of a difficult wildfire season ahead for our communities,” reads a statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.
British Columbia has seen wildfires spark up across the province following a heat wave that has resulted in extremely dry conditions.
“Wildfire smoke can affect your health, especially for those who are more vulnerable, including seniors, young children, those with pre-existing chronic health conditions and people who are pregnant,” said health officials.
More information on how to stay safe amid wildfire season can be found here: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-