There are now 147,705 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 84 new cases Friday (July 2).
This total includes 49 new cases from June 30 to July 1 and 35 new cases in the last 24 hours.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported that there have been 21 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 36 in the Fraser Health region, 25 in the Interior Health region, two in the Northern Health Region and no cases in the Island Health region.
There is one new outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital (Interior Health). The outbreak at Glenwood Seniors Community in the Fraser Health region is now over.
There have been two new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,756 deaths from the virus. One of the deaths was a person in their 20s.
There are 729 active cases of COVID-19 in the province; 145,200 people have now recovered from the virus.
Of the active cases, 99 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 30 of whom are in intensive care.
5,124,693 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C.; 1,526,711 of these are second doses.
78.7% of all adults in B.C. and 77.5% of those 12 and older have now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, 35.2% of all adults in B.C. and 32.9% of those 12 and older have received their second dose
B.C.'s top doctor addresses the heat wave
"Our thoughts are also with those who have lost loves ones to the dangerous heat wave that continues to affect people and communities throughout the province," said Henry.
The BC Centre for Disease Control and the provincial health officer are working with the BC Coroners Service to review the deaths related to the extreme heat to prevent deaths in future heat waves.
"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," she said.
"Please remember to reach out to family, friends or neighbours who may need a helping hand in the weeks to come. And remember to take care of yourself by staying hydrated and cool as temperatures rise in the weeks ahead."
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.
Learn about how you can protect your health this wildfire season.