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Prince George area had eight COVID cases in two weeks

After three weeks without a new case, the Prince George area had four new cases a week over the past two weeks

After going three weeks without a new case of COVID-19, the Prince George local heath area had eight new cases reported over the past two weeks.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control reported no new cases of the disease in the Prince George area from June 20 to July 10. However, the area had four new cases during the week of July 11-17 and another four cases between July 18 and July 24.

The Prince George local health area, which includes Mackenzie and the Robson Valley, is one of 15 local health areas served by Northern Health.

On Thursday, the B.C. CDC reported three new cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Health region. The number of active cases was up to 20, and three people in the north were hospitalized with the disease - all of which were listed in critical care.

The three cases in the Northern Health region were among 202 new cases reported in the province in Thursday. The number of active cases in the province stood at 1,053. Fifty-one people in B.C. were hospitalized with COVID-19, including 20 in critical care.

No new COVID-related deaths were reported on Thursday, leaving the province's death toll from the pandemic at 1,771 people - including 158 residents of the Northern Health region.

As of Thursday, 81 per cent of eligible British Columbians (ages 12 and older) had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 64.1 per cent were fully vaccinated. A total of 6.73 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the province, including 295,665 in the Northern Health region.

In the Prince George local health area, 73 per cent of eligible residents had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 53 per cent were fully vaccinated.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 149,648 cases of COVID-19 in B.C., including 7,829 in the Northern Health region.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated can make an appointment to get their shot by going online to gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated for by phoning 1-833-838-2323.