VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added 129 new cases over the weekend, raising the active case count to 344.

There are 20 people in hospital, 10 of those are in Critical Care.

The region confirmed one COVID-19 related death over the weekend, bringing the total to 111.

There have been 5,230 cases and 4,769 recoveries in the Northern Health Region since last spring.

British Columbia added 1,506 cases over the weekend. There were 555 cases from Friday to Saturday, 491 from Saturday to Sunday, and 460 from Sunday to Monday.

There are 269 people in hospital, 76 of those are in Critical Care.

The province added 10 COVID-19 related deaths over the weekend, bringing the total to 1,407.

There have been 88,373 cases and 81,890 recoveries in the province since last spring.

The first variant of concern has been detected in a Northern Health resident, according to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

The mutated virus is known as B.1.1.7, more commonly known as the U.K. variant. There have been a total of 818 U.K. variants detected in British Columbia.

The resident travelled out of the country and tested positive while isolated in another health authority.

Northern Health spokesperson Eryn Collins says there is no cause for concern in this Northern Health Region, as there was no contact in the region.

Northern Health issued a COVID-19 exposure notice for students and staff of Dawson Creek Secondary School’s South Peace Campus on March 5th.

The health authority asks those present at the school on March 5th to monitor for symptoms until March 19th.