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Nearly 200 new COVID-19 cases reported in Northern B.C. on Friday

Active cases in the region flat
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The B.C. Ministry of Health reported 190 new cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Health region on Friday.

The number of active cases in the region dropped by one, to 1,581 on Friday. The latest hospitalization numbers were not available from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control as of Friday at 4 p.m., but there were 33 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the north, including 11 in intensive care, as of Thursday.

No new COVID-related deaths were reported in the Northern Health region on Friday, leaving the region’s death toll from the pandemic at 281. Across the province, nine new COVID-related deaths were reported, bringing B.C.’s death toll up to 2,529.

On Friday there were a record 924 COVID-positive people hospitalized across B.C., including 130 who were in intensive care. A total of 2,364 new cases were reported throughout B.C. on Friday, and there were 33,997 active cases provincewide.

As of Friday, 89.4 per cent of eligible British Columbians (ages five and older) had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.5 per cent had received two doses. In addition, 40.5 per cent of B.C. adults have received a booster dose.

A total of 10.33 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., including 484,653 in the Northern Health region as of Thursday.