VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region recorded 166 new cases of Covid-19 over the weekend.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix gave the data in a news conference today.

There are 531 active cases and 40 people in hospital in the Northern Health Region.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 52 confirmed deaths.

The Northern Health Region has the highest tested positivity rate at over 15.6 per cent. The provincial average is 5.9 per cent.

This week, 26,775 doses of the vaccine are expected to arrive in the region.

On Friday there were 584 new Covid-19 cases, 445 on Saturday, and 301 cases on Sunday.

The 301 new case count Sunday was the lowest recorded single-day count since early November.

Currently, there are 4,326 active cases across the province. Of the 343 people are in hospital, 68 are in critical care.

British Columbia has recorded 1,330 new Covid-19 cases and 31 deaths over the weekend.

In the last week, B.C. received 28,275 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and 18,400 of the Moderna vaccine.

Of the 87,346 doses administered to date, 71,301 came from Pfizer and 16,045 came from Moderna.

The federal government announced Friday that Pfizer will be temporarily reducing shipments of the Coronavirus vaccine. This will give the company time to ramp up manufacturing capacity in their Belgium facility.

The announcement means there will be fewer doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech shipped to Canada until the spring.

Deputy Provincial Health Officer Reka Gustafson said the change will mean a drop in vaccinations in B.C., but this news was not surprising.

For the people awaiting their second dose of the vaccine, Gustafson says the plan is still to provide the second dose within 35 days.