B.C. reports 78 new cases of COVID-19, with 31 of those cases in Interior Health

Interior Health continues to take the lion's share of the province's new COVID-19 cases.

On Wednesday, B.C. reported 78 new cases of the disease, with Interior Health accounting for 31 of those.

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According to data from the BC CDC released weekly on Wednesdays, most new cases have occurred in the Central Okanagan. Between July 11 and July 17 there were 53 cases there. In Kamloops, there were 11 cases, matching nearby Vernon. There were two cases each in Salmon Arm and Enderby local health areas and one case in the 100 Mile House area.

Elsewhere, there were 23 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 21 in Fraser Health, two in Island Health and one in Northern Health.

Interior Health also has the second highest number of active cases in B.C., with 222, behind Vancouver Coastal Health which has 255 active cases. B.C. as a whole has 729 active cases as of Wednesday.

Hospitalization numbers on Wednesday were reported at 48 in hospital and 16 of those patients in critical care.

Vaccination rates continue to climb, however. As of Wednesday, B.C.'s first-dose vaccination rate for those 12 and older was 80.1 per cent. The two-dose rate is 55.6 per cent.

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