B.C. reports fewest new COVID-19 cases since October 20: 183

One more death from the disease raises B.C.'s COVID-19 death toll to 1,710

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix addresses media as provincial health officer Bonnie Henry looks on | B.C. government

B.C. government statistics show that the spread of COVOD-19 in the province continues to slow. 

The province reported 183 new infections in the past 24 hours – the lowest total since October 20, more than 32 weeks ago. 

The 167 cases identified on October 20 was the last time that the number of new COVID-19 cases was under 200 until four days ago. Since then, the province reported 184 cases on June 1, 194 cases on June 2, and 199 cases yesterday. 

With 6,151 tests conducted, the positive-test rate was less than 3%, which is much less than it has been in recent weeks. 

The Fraser Health region remains the province's hot spot for new cases. 

By health region, the 183 infections in the past day includes:
• 40 in Vancouver Coastal Health (21.9%);
• 101 in Fraser Health (55.2%);
• three in Island Health (1.6%);
• 30 in Interior Health (16.4%); and
• nine in Northern Health (4.9%).

There was one new death, raising the province's death toll from the disease to 1,710. There are 224 COVID-19 patients in B.C. hospitals, with 59 of those in intensive care units (ICU). ICUs have not been this empty since November 23.

Of the 145,049 people diagnosed as having COVID-19 in B.C. since January, 2020, more than 97%, or 140,835 people are deemed by the province to have recovered because they are not considered infectious. 

Health officials provided 62,057 doses of vaccine to 34,917 new people in the past 24 hours, with a record 27,140 individuals getting needed second doses. 

In total, since the first vaccine dose in B.C. was provided on December 16, health officials have provided 3,488,884 doses of vaccine to  3,232,159 people, with 256,725 of those getting needed second doses. 

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Bonnie Henry released a joint statement saying that 72.4% of all B.C. adults, and 69.6% of all British Columbians 12 years old and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. That puts B.C.'s adult population at 4,464,308, and the province's population of those older than 12 years at 4,643,907.

There remain five outbreaks at seniors' homes, including: 
• Brookside Lodge in Surrey;
• Cherington Place in Surrey;
• Heritage Manor in Fort St. John;
• Richmond Lions Manor-Bridgeport in Richmond; and 
• Spring Valley Care Centre in Kelowna

One new outbreak has been reported at Kelowna General Hospital. The only other active outbreak at a B.C. hospital is at Richmond Hospital in Richmond. 

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