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Northern Health region sees more than 550 new COVID-19 cases over weekend

Active cases continue to rise in northern B.C.
DNA image of COVID-19. (via Getty Images)

A total of 556 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Northern Health region over the weekend, according to data released by the B.C. Ministry of Health on Monday.

The number of active cases in the region rose to 1,645, up from 1,346 reported on Friday.

No new COVID-related deaths were reported in the Northern Health region over the weekend, leaving the north’s death toll from the pandemic at 281.

As of Monday, there were 28 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the Northern Health region, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control reported. Of those, seven were listed in intensive care.

A total of 5,625 new cases were reported in B.C. on Monday. The province had a total of 35,985 active cases of COVID-19. A total of 819 British Columbians were hospitalized with COVID-19, of which 99 were in intensive care as of Monday.

As of Monday, 89.2 per cent of eligible British Columbians (aged five and older) had received at least one dose of COVID-19, 83.4 per cent had a second shot and 35.7 per cent of eligible adults had received their booster dose.

Between Jan. 7 and Jan. 13, the unvaccinated accounted for 18.8 per cent of new COVID-19 cases. Between Dec. 31 and Jan. 13, 29 per cent of people hospitalized with COVID-19 were unvaccinated. The unvaccinated were more than five times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than the fully vaccinated (57.3 hospitalizations per 100,000 unvaccinated people verses 11.5 hospitalizations per 100,000 fully-vaccinated people).

As of Monday, a total of 10.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., including 448,630 doses in the Northern Health region.

Since the beginning of the pandemic there have been 22,204 cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Health region, of which 20,160 people have recovered.