VICTORIA, B.C. – Another 47 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Friday, in the Northern Health Region, bringing the number of active cases to 419.

In the Northern Health Region, 45 are in hospital, with 20 of those in ICU.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Northern Health Region now stands at 1,509.

The Region’s death count remains at 15.

1,075 people to have contracted the virus, in the Northern Health Region, have since recovered.

According to Henry, 624 new cases were confirmed across B.C., Friday, bringing the total to 45,400.

Active cases across the province stand at 9,978 and 33,589 have since recovered.

Hospitalizations in B.C. are at 356, with 92 of those in ICU.

The province’s death count now sits at 724.

10,211 people are currently under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

According to Henry, on Thursday, 1,376 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were given to B.C. front-line health-care workers, for a total of 2,592 doses to date.

Henry says the aim of the immunization program is to safely protect as many people as possible as efficiently as possible. She also says we need to be patient as the vaccine continues to arrive in the coming weeks.

“The focus of our immunization program right now is to safely protect as many people as possible as efficiently as we can, but we have to remember that this is a global effort with many aspects often changing. As more vaccine arrives in the coming weeks, we all need to be patient and continue to follow public health orders to keep our communities safe.”