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COVID-19 claims another life in Northern Health amid 126 new cases

79 people are hospitalized with 22 in critical care
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B.C. is reporting 609 new cases of COVID-19 with 4, 748 active cases in the province.

There’s been one new COVID-19 death in Northern Health in the past 24 hours and there are 126 new cases in the region.

The province is now reporting 804 total active cases in Northern Health. Of those cases, 79 people are in hospital and 22 of them are in critical care.

The death toll in Northern Health has now reached 208 since the pandemic began.

Provincially, B.C. is reporting 609 new cases of COVID-19 with 4, 748 active cases in the province. Of the active cases, 422 individuals are currently in hospital and 157 are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Including the death in Northern Health, there’s been five other deaths throughout the province for a total of 2, 137 since the pandemic began.

However, the province notes that today’s (Oct. 27) numbers of total and new cases are provisional due to a delayed data refresh and will be verified once confirmed.

There are currently 32 active health care facility outbreaks in B.C. including two at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. in Prince George and one the GR Baker Memorial Hospital in Quesnel and another at Wrinch Memorial Hospital in Hazelton.

From Oct. 19-25, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 64.1 per cent of cases, and from Oct. 12-25 they accounted for 74.9 per cent of hospitalizations.

There’s also been a number of school exposures in Prince George Schools listed by Northern Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

The exposures include:

  • Cedars Christian School – Oct. 12-15
  • Ron Brent Elementary School – Oct. 12-15
  • Pinewood Elementary School – Oct. 12 – 14
  • Foothills Elementary School – Oct. 13 to 15
  • Buckhorn Elementary School  - Oct. 14 to 15

Northern Health posts notifications after contact tracing is complete for a case in a school setting, where an exposure letter has been circulated to one or more contacts within the school.

The Northern Health region also remains under its circuit breaker health orders, as vaccination rates in the region are low.

The health orders were announced in the Northern Health Region on Oct. 14 and remain in place until Nov. 19 and are as follows:

  • Personal gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, are restricted to fully vaccinated people, including at private residences and vacation accommodation
    • Indoor gathering: up to 5 people are permitted
    • Outdoor gathering: up to 25 people are permitted
  • All indoor and outdoor organized events require a safety plan and for attendees to wear a mask and present their BC Vaccine Card showing they are fully vaccinated
    • Indoor event: up to 50 people are permitted
    • Outdoor event: up to 100 people are permitted
  • Worship services: virtual services are required
  • Restaurants:
    • Fast-food restaurants and unlicensed cafés without table service can provide take-out only or require patrons to present the BC Vaccine card showing they are fully vaccinated.
    • Licensed establishments and those with table service must not serve alcohol between 10 p.m.-9 a.m. and must require patrons to present the BC Vaccine Card showing they are fully vaccinated.
    • Bars and nightclubs (no meal service) will be closed
  • Sport events spectators (indoor and outdoor) are limited to 50 per cent capacity, must have a safety plan, and require attendees to wear masks and present their BC Vaccine Card showing they are fully vaccinated