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North sees 14 new COVID cases, vaccine available for pregnant women

The Northern Health region had 14 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Tuesday.
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The Northern Health region had 14 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Tuesday.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 697 new cases across the province. The latest statistics for the Northern Health region were still not available from the B.C. Centre of Disease Control as of Tuesday afternoon.

The B.C. CDC reported that it was having system issues, which prevented it from updating the B.C. COVID-19 Dashboard data. B.C. CDC data for the Northern Health region hasn't been available since Monday.

On Tuesday, Henry and DIx opened up COVID-19 vaccination registration to all pregnant women over the age of 16.

"If you are pregnant, this is your time," Henry and Dix said. "Please register, then call 1-833-383-2323 and let them know you are pregnant to book your appointment (online booking for pregnant persons is not available at this time)."

Across B.C. there were 7,161 cases of COVID-19, they reported. A total of 486 people in B.C. were hospitalized, including 172 in critical care.

"There has been one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 1,597 deaths in British Columbia," Henry and Dix said. "Our condolences are with the family, friends and caregivers of the people who have died as a result of COVID-19."

Throughout the province, 1.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered as of Tuesday.

All adults can register online at getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca, and Northern Health is booking vaccination appointments for those aged 52 and up.

"With the additional vaccine supply now available, we are accelerating our vaccine delivery to people throughout the province to get vaccines into arms as soon as possible," Henry and Dix said. "With each person who is vaccinated, we are all safer. Let's continue to do our part – to get vaccinated when it is our turn, use our layers of protection and follow all of the public health measures we have in place."