VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added 17 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, dropping the active case total to 270.

There are 30 people in hospital, 11 of those in Intensive Care.

The region confirmed one COVID-19 related death Tuesday. There have been 107 confirmed deaths in the region.

Out of a total of 4,649 cases, 4,256 have recovered.

The province added 438 new cases Tuesday, raising the active case count to 4,679.

There are 243 people in hospital, and 63 are in Intensive Care.

The province recorded eight COVID-19 related deaths Tuesday, bringing the total to 1,365.

There have been 81,367 total cases, and 75,255 have recovered.

Northern Health added the Energetic Learning Campus in Fort St. John to the list of school exposures. The exposure was between February 22nd and 24th.

The province has extended the state of emergency for another two weeks. The state of emergency was announced in March 2020 as a result of the growing concerns surrounding COVID-19. Since then, it has been renewed 26 times, making this the longest state of emergency in B.C. history.

The previous longest state of emergency was 10 weeks in 2017, due to the wildfires.

The state of emergency gives authorities the ability to enforce public health orders, such as ticketing people for having social gatherings.