Five COVID-related deaths were reported in the Northern Health region on Wednesday.
The new deaths bring the region’s death toll from the pandemic up to 251, according to data released by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.
Forty-four new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the region on Wednesday, and the number of active cases dropped to 415, down by 29 from Tuesday. There were 42 Northern Health residents hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday, the B.C. CDC reported, of which 15 were listed in critical care.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 17,293 cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Health region, of which 16,598 people have recovered.
For the week of Nov. 14 to Nov. 20, 95 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Prince George local health area, which includes Mackenzie and the Robson Valley.
A total of 403,813 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the region, with vaccines for children aged five to 11 expected to start rolling out next week.
Throughout the province, 322 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Wednesday, with 3,015 cases remaining active.
As of Wednesday, 91 per cent of eligible British Columbians (aged 12 and up) had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 87.4 per cent were fully vaccinated. As of Nov. 22, 87 per cent of eligible people in the Prince George local health area had at least one dose of vaccine and 81 per cent were fully vaccinated.
Unvaccinated people make up only nine per cent of the B.C. population over the age of 11, but accounted for 54 per cent of new COVID-19 cases from Nov. 16 to Nov. 22, and 61.5 per cent of people hospitalized with COVID between Nov. 9 and Nov. 22, according to Ministry of Health data.