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Another three COVID-19 cases in Northern Health, B.C. records 125

There have been no new deaths from the virus
B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (via Flickr/Province of B.C.)

COVID-19 cases continue to climb in B.C. as cold and flu season approaches. 

In a written statement today (Sept. 30), Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced another 125 COVID-19 cases in B.C. for a new provincial total of 9,138.

Officials say three of the new cases were in Northern Health for an updated authority total of 312. 

There are 38 active cases throughout the region with three in hospital, all of whom are in ICU. A total of 272 people have recovered.

Nobody has died from the virus during the past day, which keeps the fatality rate at 234. 

There are 72 hospitalized with 21 currently in ICU. The province has 1,284 active cases while 3,202 are being actively monitored after being exposed to COVID-19. 

Two women have died in Northern Health from COVID-19, one in their 70s and one in their 60s, an elder with the Nak'azdli Whut'en First Nation.

Four regional schools are also being monitored after being potentially exposed to the virus:

  • Quesnel Junior Secondary School (SD28) = Sept. 10-11 and 15-18
  • Ecole Frank Ross Elementary (SD59) = Sept. 10-11
  • Nak'albun Elementary School (Independent) = Sept. 16-18
  • David Hoy Elementary School (SD91) = Sept. 17-18

David Hoy is the second school in the Fort St. James area to have been possibly exposed, coming five days after Nak'albun Elementary, an independent Indigenous-based facility, was listed by Northern Health.

The Nak'azdli Whut'en First Nation has also reported 13 positive COVID-19 cases in its community.

There have been 3,340 recorded cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 4,658 in Fraser Health, 208 in Vancouver Island Health and 312 in the Interior Health region. Another 87 cases are from those who reside outside of Canada. 

“COVID-19 has required all of us to change how we work, go to school and spend time with friends and family," Henry said in a release. "This has put an emotional and mental strain on everyone.

“Despite this added obstacle, people across B.C. have risen to the challenge with compassion and determination to help keep our curve where we need it to be. While the ongoing focus is not always easy to maintain, now is the time to keep going – to continue to support and care for each other through the efforts we make.

“Take a moment to thank the people at your local grocery store, reach out to your elderly neighbour to help with their garden cleanup or send a note to a friend that you haven’t seen for a while. A small kindness is good for us all."