VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added 32 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, dropping the active case count to 275.

There are 17 people in hospital, eight of whom are in ICU.

There was one COVID-19 related death confirmed Wednesday, bringing the total to 110.

There have been 4,985 total cases in the region, 4,588 of which have recovered.

British Columbia added 531 new cases Wednesday, dropping the active case count to 4,861.

There are 244 people in hospital, 66 of whom are in ICU.

The province added one COVID-19 related death Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 1,394.

In total, there have been 85,650 confirmed cases, and 79,309 have recovered.

The map showing the geographic distribution of COVID-19 by local health area for the week of February 28 to March 6 was added to the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control website.

Peace River North recorded 27 cases, while Peace River South added 19 cases.

Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, Dr. Howard Njoo says we have a long way to go before completely saying goodbye to masks.

Njoo says physical distancing, mask-wearing, and hand washing will continue to be important and may be part of our lives for some time.

“Canada is aiming to vaccinate as many people as possible with at least one vaccine dose as quickly as possible, but we must all remain vigilant,” says Njoo.