For the second week in a row, no Sunshine Coast residents tested positive for COVID-19.
Cases have remained at zero from May 30 to June 12 – the longest period without cases since at least November, when BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) began sharing weekly case counts according to local health area maps.
From June 6 to 12, Powell River had one case and two cases were reported in the Howe Sound local health area, which includes Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton.
The latest daily case rate of new cases on the Sunshine Coast, spanning June 8 to 14, also stood at zero.
Case counts are also continuing to drop provincewide.
On Thursday, June 17, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement that 120 new cases had been identified in a 24-hour period.
And at 131, the number of people in hospital hit a seven-month low.
“We’re making significant progress in our COVID-19 vaccine program, using every available dose to get people fully vaccinated as soon as possible,” said the statement.
“Second-dose immunizations are also accelerating with invitations to book going to tens of thousands every day.”
As of Thursday, 74.8 per cent of people age 12 and older in B.C. had received their first dose.
The latest data for the Sunshine Coast show one-dose vaccination coverage hit 75 per cent on June 14.
In a bulletin issued the same day, Vancouver Coastal Health reminded residents to register online to receive an alert to book a first or second dose: www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca.
Once registered and a first dose is received, the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system will prompt residents to book a second dose appointment about eight weeks later.
People who booked their first dose before April 6 through a call centre are required to register to receive their second dose.
People who don’t have a Personal Health Number or who wish to register by phone can do so at 1-833-838-2323 seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.