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B.C. averages 185 cases of COVID-19 per day over long weekend

The Interior Health region accounts for more than half of the 742 new cases reported since July 30
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This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the spherical particles of the new coronavirus, colorized blue, from the first U.S. case of COVID-19.

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in B.C., with 742 new cases reported over the four-day long-weekend period, averaging about 185 new cases per day.

Of the new cases, more than half are in the Interior Health region, which has led the province in new cases for weeks now.

Of the 742 cases reported, 395 were in the Interior Health region. As to where in the region those cases occurred, it won't be known until the BC Centre for Disease Control releases weekly data at the end of Wednesday.

Elsewhere, there were 165 new cases in Fraser Health, 115 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 24 in Northern Health, 42 in Island Health and one new case in a person who lives outside Canada.

One additional death has been reported, giving the province a total of 1,772 deaths since the pandemic began.

Hospitalization numbers have remained relatively low, with 53 currently in hospital and 19 of those patients requiring critical care in ICUs.

Interior Health has 847 of the 1,544 active cases in the province. Elsewhere, there are 348 in Fraser, 212 in Vancouver Coastal, 24 in Northern and 42 in Island.

On the vaccine front, B.C. has now vaccinated 81.4 per cent of all eligible people age 12 and older with at least one dose. The province's two-dose rate is 67.3 per cent as of Tuesday.