VICTORIA, B.C. – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix gave their joint COVID-19 update Monday.

The Northern Health Region recorded 98 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, with 28 of those coming on Sunday.

The active case count in the region is 359. There are 32 people in hospital, 15 of those are in ICU.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 74 COVID-19 related deaths in the Northern Health Region.

Over 3,000 of the nearly 3,500 cases in the region have recovered.

The positivity rate for the Northern Health Region is 12.6 per cent, while the B.C. average is 5.2 per cent.

Vancouver Police handed out 17 thousand dollars in fines after breaking up a party at a penthouse suite on Richards street.

An investigation was launched last week after a witness called police to report a large party. Police issued fines to a man who was allegedly the doorman.

Officers returned with a search warrant early Sunday morning after two parties had already happened over the weekend. Each person was fined $230 for attending a non-compliant event.

The 11 hundred square foot penthouse had more than 75 people inside, with menus, tables, point of sale terminals, and cash tills. Noone inside the penthouse was wearing a mask.

77 people were fined and one man was arrested following the shutdown of the makeshift nightclub.

In a written statement, Vancouver Police Department Sgt. Steve Addison warned of punishments for rule-breakers.

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them. If you are caught hosting or attending a party during the pandemic and continue to break the rules, you could face stiff fines or wind up in jail.”

Health officials recorded a total of 1,158 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, as 408 new cases were reported on Friday, 473 cases on Saturday, and 277 cases on Sunday.

There were 21 deaths over the weekend, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 1,210.

A total of 14 cases of the UK variant are in BC, as there were an additional 7 cases over the weekend. Also, there are 4 cases of the South African Variant in BC.

There have been 138,892 first doses given in BC, and 4,491 people have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.