VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added 23 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, dropping the active case count to 315.

There are 41 people in hospital, 12 of those are in ICU.

The region confirmed one COVID-19 related death Tuesday, bringing the total to 120 since last spring.

There have been 5,599 confirmed cases in the region, and 5,153 have since recovered.

British Columbia added 646 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, raising the active case count to 5,409.

There are 314 people in hospital, 83 of those are in ICU.

The province added one COVID-19 related death Tuesday, bringing the total to 1,438.

Since last spring, there have been 93,253 confirmed cases and 86,307 of those have since recovered.

People at high risk due to existing medical conditions like cancer, severe respiratory conditions, and transplant recipients can book appointments for their COVID-19 vaccine starting March 29th.

Roughly 200,000 British Columbians 16 and older will be eligible to receive their first vaccine dose in the next few weeks.

“B.C. has made tremendous progress on our age-based vaccine program,” says Health Minister Adrian Dix. “Now we are able to expand to hose people who are at increased risk from COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions or various medical treatments. Clinical experts have now determined those who have a high risk of severe illness from the virus and now have the vaccine supply to protect these most vulnerable people.”

British Columbians identified as CEV will receive a letter with information on booking their appointment. Residents who receive this letter must bring it with them to their vaccination appointment.