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VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region reported 135 cases over the long weekend, bringing the active case total to 334. There were seven cases reported from Monday to Tuesday.

Out of 39 people in hospital, nine are in Critical Care.

There were four COVID-19 related deaths over the weekend in the region. Since last spring, 101 people have died of COVID-19.

In the region, there have been 4,104 confirmed COVID-19 cases. A total of 3,636 have recovered since the start of the pandemic.

Across British Columbia, there were 1,533 cases recorded over the weekend. There were 452 cases from Friday to Saturday, 431 cases from Saturday to Sunday, 348 cases from Sunday to Monday, and 302 from Monday to Tuesday.

Out of 231 people in hospital, 74 are in Critical Care.

Over the weekend, 26 COVID-19 related deaths were reported. Since last March, 1,314 people have died in the province due to the virus.

Out of 74,283 total cases in the province, 68,705 people have made a recovery

UPS temporarily shut down its air shipping hub in Kentucky due to bitter winter conditions, which will delay the planned Pfizer Shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine.

This was the first time in the company’s existence that they shut down the air hub, which handles over 400,000 packages every hour.

Pfizer ships its vaccine from Puurs, Belgium through the UPS shipping hub in Louisville Kentucky. From there, shipments go by air to Canadian destinations.

Health Canada released a statement Tuesday that provinces should expect their shipments 24 to 36 hours later than planned, because of the weather conditions.

As of Tuesday, the province has administered 171,755 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, but only 22,194 second doses.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the vaccine supply is limited, but more shipments are on the way.

According to an estimate by Health Minister Adrian Dix, by April 1, around 10 per cent of British Columbians will be vaccinated.

Referring to the frustration many Canadians feel about falling behind the U.S. in vaccination efforts, Henry says she understands.

“We’re playing the hand that we’re dealt,” says Henry.

Henry says B.C. is monitoring long-term care residents who have received their first shot. The first dose appears to be 89 per cent effective at venting infection.

“This is actually incredibly exciting and positive news,” Henry says.

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