VICTORIA, B.C. – 90 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed over the weekend in the Northern Health Region.

The number of active cases in the North will be updated Tuesday. The numbers weren’t available on Monday due to a change in equipment used to track those numbers.

Over the weekend, 41 people passed away from the virus with the majority being in care homes.

Monday morning, the first vaccine approved in Canada has arrived in every Health Authority in B.C. Dr. Henry says more details will be released in the coming weeks about how British Columbians can get vaccinated.

Dr. Henry says the case curve is starting to level off in the B.C., but the virus’s transmission continues in the Lower Mainland and Northern B.C. “The interior and the north are having quiet large transmission events relative to the population.”

With Christmas and New Years’ only days away, Dr. Henry says it’s up to all of us to reduce the number of cases and reduce the risk heading into the new year.

Over the weekend, 1,667 cases of COVID-19 were reported in B.C. Two new outbreaks were announced in the Northern Health region, with a total of 27 cases at two Coastal GasLink pipeline work camps.

There are 341 people in hospitals across B.C., with 80 in the ICU. Health Minister Adrian Dix says that means with other patients, 66% of hospital beds in B.C. are in use.