VICTORIA -- Provincial health officials identified two new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island region Wednesday.

The new cases were among 78 cases found across B.C. over the past 24 hours.

The province’s seven-day rolling average of new cases reached 58.1 on Wednesday, a high not seen since June 28. 

There are currently 729 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C., including 18 in the Island Health region, according to the B.C. health ministry.

Island Health officials identified the locations of 14 active cases on the island Wednesday, including 10 in the South Island, two in the Central Island and two in the North Island.

There were no deaths related to the disease reported in B.C. on Wednesday, leaving the province's pandemic death toll at 1,763.

Since the pandemic began, 5,200 cases have been identified in the Vancouver Island region and 41 people have died.

There is currently only one person in hospital with COVID-19 on Vancouver Island and no patients in critical care. 

The province says 80.1 per cent of people aged 12 and older had received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in B.C., while 55.6 per cent have received two doses.

Health officials in B.C. have administered a total of 6,297,149 vaccine doses since December.

Backstory:

CTV News Vancouver Island reports the daily COVID-19 case counts as reported by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, which are based on BCCDC data. There may be a discrepancy between the daily case counts reported by the BCCDC and Island Health.