B.C. health officials have announced 89 new cases of COVID-19 but no additional deaths, with the seven day rolling average of new cases up 80 per cent in the last two weeks.
The number of new cases announced Thursday is the highest since June 20.
The provincial government warned cases could increase slightly when restrictions were first lifted at the beginning of the month, but that COVID-19 vaccines were offering very good protection against the worst health outcomes.
In a written statement, the provincial Ministry of Health said there are currently 781 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in B.C.
COVID-19 in British Columbia by the numbers
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A total of 53 people are in hospital, with 15 in intensive care, up from 12 a week ago.
Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind spikes and dips in new cases, are down by about 16 per cent from last Thursday, when 63 people were in hospital with the disease.
The provincial death toll from the disease is now 1,763 lives lost out of 148,730 confirmed cases to date.
So far, 6,118,029 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 2,605,052 second doses.
The province says 80 per cent of all eligible residents 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose and 57 per cent have received a second dose.
B.C.'s COVID-19 vaccination progress
Firefighters join vaccination campaign
Fourteen firefighters in Victoria have stepped up to administer vaccinations after a mass clinic experienced staff shortages.
"Helping to get more people vaccinated sooner is a meaningful way we can protect public safety and support the important work Island Health is doing to keep us all healthy," said acting fire chief Daniel Atkinson in a statement.
Fraser Health Region and Vancouver Coastal Health Region have also deployed off-duty firefighters to maximize the number of vaccinations provided to the public.
B.C. health officials have stressed the importance of vaccinations to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
Anyone in B.C. who has not yet registered to be immunized is asked to do so now.
Daily COVID-19 vaccination progress in B.C.
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