VICTORIA, B.C. – Northern Health recorded 35 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday.

One person has been released from the hospital, 39 remain in hospital and 17 of those are in critical care.

Today, 631 cases made a full recovery. Since last March, 2,978  people in the Northern Health Region have recovered.

One death was reported in the Region yesterday, bringing the total to 54.

Since March 2019, 51,907 tests have been completed in the Northern Health Region. Today, 138 tests were recorded.

The Northern Health Region still has the highest positivity rate at 15 per cent.

In the Northern Region, 91 first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were given today. The total number of first doses given sits at 2,775. Only two of the second doses were administered today.

Across British Columbia, 500 new cases were recorded, bringing the total to 4,345.

There are 320 people in the hospital, and 66 of those are in critical care In B.C.

Out of the total 62,412 cases, 89 per cent, or 55,564 have made a recovery.

The Fraser Health Region had the highest amount of new cases again today with 216, followed by the Vancouver Coastal Region with 125 new cases.

Today, 5,756 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been given. Altogether, 97,243 first doses have been administered.

Of the 98,125 second doses given, 882 happened today.

The first British Columbians to receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine had their first dose 36 days ago. Pfizer has recommended that the second dose be given 35 days after the first.

British Columbia’s mass vaccination program has been delayed by news that Pfizer will not ship any doses next week.

According to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the delay will not impact its ability to administer second doses to British Columbians.

Coronavirus variants discovered in Great Britain, South Africa, and Brazil are labelled “variants of concern” by the World Health Organization.

These variants could help the virus infect human cells, and they transmit from person to person more easily.

Health officials warn that greater transmission results in more positive tests. With more people testing positive, more hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and deaths will follow.

The only province testing for the U.K. variant is Saskatchewan.