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VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added 114 new cases over the weekend, with 21 new cases from Sunday to Monday. The regional active case total is up to 303.

There are 29 people in hospital, 13 of those in Critical Care.

The region had no COVID-19 related deaths over the weekend, keeping the total at 106.

Out of 4,625 total cases, 4,200 have recovered.

Across British Columbia, 1,478 cases were added over the weekend. From Friday to Saturday there were 532 new cases, 508 from Saturday to Sunday, and 438 from Sunday to Monday. The active case total for the province is 4,464.

There are 236 people in hospital, 65 of those are in Critical Care.

The province added eight COVID-19 related deaths over the weekend, bringing the total to 1,363.

In total, there have been 80,672 cases in the province, and 74,776 have recovered.

According to a tweet from School District 60 on Monday, an exposure notice has been received from Northern Health for students and staff in attendance at North Peace Secondary School. The exposure was between February 16th and 17th. A letter has been sent to staff and students to monitor for symptoms.

British Columbia will extend the period between first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine up to four months, as phase 2 of the immunization plan ramps up.

This announcement from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry comes from the evidence suggesting 90 per cent protection from the first dose of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

This change to the vaccine plan could free up vaccines for younger age groups sooner than originally planned, as phase 2 of the immunization plan targets high-risk populations.

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