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VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region confirmed 54 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the active case count to 321.

There are 32 people being hospitalized, 14 of whom are in Critical Care.

The region had one COVID-19 related death in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 112.

There have been 5,361 confirmed cases in the region, and 4,922 have recovered.

Northern Health administered 2,031 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday. A total of 18,649 doses have been administered in the region since the beginning of the vaccine rollout.

The province added 622 new cases Wednesday, increasing the active case count to 4,941.

There are 286 people in hospital, 85 of those are in Critical Care.

There were eight COVID-19 related deaths recorded Wednesday, bringing the total to 1,419.

There have been 90,049 confirmed cases since last spring, and 83,613 have recovered.

The province says more than 300,000 frontline worker will receive their first dose of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine in April.

Workers are receiving the doses earlier than originally scheduled due to age-based vaccinations moving ahead of schedule, says provincial officials during a vaccine rollout update Thursday.

The priority groups include:

The groups have been identified as workers in places and sectors where the use of personal protective equipment and barriers can be challenging, outbreaks and clusters have occurred or are ongoing, workers must live or work in congregate settings, and maintaining the workforce for a critical service is necessary.

These workplaces are in addition to large industrial camps, such as site c, agricultural operations and food processing plants labelled as a priority.

 

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