VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added one new case of COVID-19 Wednesday, moving the active case count to 30.

There are two people in hospital, both are in critical care.

There were no COVID-19 deaths recorded Wednesday, keeping the total at 157.

Of the 7,812 confirmed cases in the region, 97.6 per cent have recovered.

There were 2,781 vaccine doses reported Wednesday, bringing the total number of doses given to 280,553. Of those, 115,629 are second doses.

British Columbia added 78 new cases Wednesday, moving the active case count to 729.

There are 48 people in hospital, 16 of whom are in critical care.

There were no deaths recorded Wednesday, keeping the provincial total at 1,763.

Out of 148,641 cases since last March, 98.3 per cent have since recovered.

The province recorded 63,493 vaccine doses Wednesday, bringing the total dose count to 6,297,149. Of those, 2,579,414 are second doses.

American land borders with Mexico and Canada will continue to be closed to non-essential travel until at least August 21st.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the extension of border restrictions on Wednesday.

The 30-day extension comes two days after Canada announced it would open its borders to fully vaccinated U.S. visitors starting August 9th.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Perrin Beatty says the move “flies in the face of both science and the most recent public health data.”

“It’s hard to see how allowing fully vaccinated Canadians to enter the U.S. poses a public health threat when travel within the U.S. is unrestricted,” she added.