Northern Health Region adds 60 new cases, new vaccine approved

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added 60 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, raising the active case cou…

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added 60 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, raising the active case count to 294.

There are 23 people in hospital, 12 of whom are in Critical Care.

There were no COVID-19 related deaths in the region, keeping the total at 109.

There have been 4,799 total cases, and 4,385 have recovered.

British Columbia added 634 new cases Friday, raising the active case count to 4,901.

There are 255 people in hospital across B.C, 66 of whom are in Critical Care.

The province added four COVID-19 related deaths Friday, bringing the total to 1,380.

Since last spring, B.C. has recorded 83,107 total cases and 76,752 recoveries.

Health Canada approved the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Friday.

The vaccine is the fourth to be approved by federal regulators and is the first vaccine that requires only one dose. The Pfizer, Moderna, and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines require two doses.

Health Canada concluded that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has a 66.9 per cent efficacy rate, and is authorized for adults  18 and over.

Canada has made an initial order of 10 million doses, with an option to order 28 million more. Doses aren’t expected to arrive until April, but the full 10 million should be delivered by September.

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