There were 29 new cases of Covid-19 reported today in the Northern Health Region, bringing the active case total to 512.

Out of the 47 people in hospital, 16 are in the Intensive Care Unit.

Over the weekend, 6 deaths occurred in the region, bringing the Northern Health Region’s confirmed deaths to 61.

The total number of cases in the region is 3,213. Of the total number of cases, 81 per cent, or 2,610 have made a recovery.

The 7-day moving case average for the region reached its highest point in the middle of January at 56.7 cases. Today the 7-day moving case average is at 41.9.

There were 203 tests performed on Sunday, bringing the total number of tests completed at 53,735.

The positivity rate for the Northern Health Region has been steadily dropping since the beginning of January. Yesterday the positivity rate was 13.9 per cent, down from over 17 per cent on January 1st.

A total of 3,137 first doses have been given in the North.

In the entire province, 346 new cases were recorded, bringing the total active case count to 4,392.

There are 68 people in ICU beds out of 328 in hospital.

Since last March, 1,154 people have died.

There have been 57,831 recoveries out of 64,828 cases, or 89 per cent.

Across British Columbia, 116,657 first doses, and 3,193 second doses of the vaccine have been given.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said in her update that there were 5 cases of the UK Covid-19 variant, plus an additional three cases of the South African variant.

These mutations have the likelihood of spreading more quickly than other strains, prompting investigations and contact tracing.

 

BC Hydro announced today that a Site C Worker suffering from Covid-19 has died.

BC Hydro spokesman Dave Conway said the company learned of the worker’s death over the weekend, and that the individual worked for a BC Hydro contractor.

Conway said the case was linked to off-site community transmission, rather than an on-site transmission.

BC Hydro has reported 40 cases of COVID 19 in the Site C workforce since last spring. Of those cases, 33 have recovered.