There are now 145,996 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 153 new cases Thursday (June 10).
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported that there have been 21 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 73 in the Fraser Health region, 11 in the Island Health region, 39 in the Interior Health region, nine in the Northern Health Region and no new cases people who reside outside of Canada.
There is no update on the variants of concern in the province.
There have been four new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,729 deaths from the virus. One of the deaths was a person in their 50s.
There are 1,910 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.
Of the active cases, 176 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 49 of whom are in intensive care; 142,314 people have recovered from the virus.
3,823,103 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C.; 443,562 of these are second doses; 74.9% of all adults in B.C. and 72.8 per cent of eligible British Columbians over 12 years old have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in B.C.
Henry said evidence is emerging that it may be "beneficial" to wait over 12 weeks for the second dose of vaccine.
The Province set to move forward with B.C.'s Restart plan
"As today's modelling presentation shows us, British Columbia is in a good position to continue to safely move forward with BC's Restart plan. Community transmission, hospitalizations and deaths are all declining as immunizations are going up," Henry said.
"The key to our success is all of you - first to lessen the spread and now to get immunized. We are grateful for how you have done and continue to do your part.
B.C.'s Restart — a four-step plan to bring B.C. back together — will be a slow and gradual return to a more normal life, with safety and health protocols such as mask-wearing and physical distancing remaining in place and mandatory during the initial two steps of the plan.
"For 16 months, it has been your individual and collective efforts to use the layers of protection and follow all of the public health orders. Now, it is also getting fully immunized with your first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine that is making the difference."
Travel across Canada is expected to resume on Canada Day (July 1).