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North sees low COVID case count over the weekend

Fifteen cases reported over the weekend in the Northern Health region
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This map shows the COVID-19 vaccination rate for people aged 12 and up by local health area, as of June 3.

The Northern Health region had only 15 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, deputy provincial health officer Dr. Réka Gustafson reported on Monday.

The number of active cases in the region dropped by one from Friday, down to 79, according to data released by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. Eight people in the Northern Health region were hospitalized with COVID, including five in critical care.

No new COVID-related deaths were reported in the north, leaving the region's death toll from the pandemic at 153.

Across the province, more than 3.6 million doses of COVID-19 have been administered, of which 3.3 million are first doses, Gustafson said. As of Monday, 74 per cent of adults and 72 per cent of British Columbians aged 12 and up have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine.

"British Columbians are doing very well with immunization," Gustafson said. "If we keep going, we can get back to the things that sustain us. We are on a good path..."

A total of 162,443 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the north, including 145,176 first doses and 17,267 second doses, according to the B.C. CDC. Those numbers don't include doses administered by the First Nations Health Authority.

Health Minister Adrian Dix urged anyone who hasn't already registered to receive their vaccine to do so.

To register to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, go online to www.gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated or phone 1-833-838-2323 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.