VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added 102 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, raising the active case count to 318. There were five cases from Sunday to Monday.
There are 17 people in hospital, 12 of whom are in Critical Care.
The region had no COVID-19 related deaths over the weekend, keeping the total at 109.
In total, 4,901 cases have been confirmed, and 4,462 have recovered.
B.C. added 1,462 new cases over the weekend, dropping the active case count to 4,854.
There were 545 cases from Friday to Saturday, 532 cases from Saturday to Sunday, and 385 cases from Sunday to Monday.
There are 240 people in hospital, 66 of whom are in Critical Care.
The province recorded 11 COVID-19 related deaths over the weekend, raising the total to 1,391.
Out of 84,569 confirmed cases in the province, 78,237 have recovered.
Northern Health issued an exposure notice for staff and students of North Peace Secondary School for February 26th, March 1st and 2nd. Go to the Northern Health website for information about COVID-19 exposures and outbreaks.
In provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s COVID-19 conference Monday, she hinted at the possibility of easing some restrictions in the coming weeks.
Small outdoor social gatherings, possible travel, and kids camps could return as early as spring break. More relaxed restrictions could be coming, as well as the return of in-person faith activities in the coming weeks.
Henry says having a vision for where we are going is something we need.
“We have to be able to look ahead,” says Henry.
Henry points to U.S. CDC guidelines stating vaccinated people can hold maskless gatherings with people in their home, including non-vaccinated people. She says they are reasonable guidelines and the province will act similarly, but British Columbia is not there just yet.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a conference Monday that the vaccine booking service received 1.7 million calls by 9:40 this morning.
Only about 82,000 people are eligible for booking appointments in phase 2, and many of those people were vaccinated in long-term care facilities in phase 1.
“This is not the time to call in if you are not calling for someone over the age of 90 or an Indigenous person 65 or older,” says Dix.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says Telus needs to step up and improve on the delays to the call-in service.