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COVID-19 rising sharply in B.C.

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:35 PDT, Fri July 30, 2021

B.C. health authorities reported 243 new cases of COVID-19 today, one of which is epidemiologically linked. Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded 149,889 cases.

The new case number is the highest since May 29. The seven-day rolling average is up to 150, more than double last Friday’s count of 73. 

Of the new cases, 32 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 56 in the Fraser Health region, 13 in the Island Health region, 131 in the Interior Health region, nine in the Northern Health region and two new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There are 1,231 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 47 of those people are hospitalized, 16 of whom are in intensive care. The active case count is the highest since June 18.

To date, 6,774,257 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C.; 3,008,360 of those are second doses. 

This means that 82 per cent of adults and 81.1 per cent of people aged 12 and older have received their first dose of a vaccine. In addition, 67.5 per cent of adults and 64.9 per cent of those aged 12 and older have received two doses.

There were no new virus-related deaths reported today.

Active outbreaks continue at two long-term care facilities.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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