VICTORIA, B.C. – With 26 new cases detected in the Northern Health Region Wednesday, the active case count is down to 223.

Out of 20 people in hospital, nine are in intensive care.

No deaths were recorded in the region, keeping the total at 136.

In total, 6,895 cases have been confirmed in the north. Of those, 6,526 have recovered.

The province added 862 new cases Wednesday, bringing the active case count down to 8,906.

There are 483 British Columbians in Hospital, 163 of whom are in intensive care.

The province recorded seven COVID-19 related deaths Wednesday, bringing the total to 1,546.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 121,751 cases in British Columbia. Of those, 111,039 have recovered and are not considered infectious.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the surge in hospitalizations is putting intense pressure on frontline healthcare workers.

Wednesday’s total of 483 people in hospital is the highest since the province began collecting data.

Henry admits the curve has been bending in the right direction as a result of actions taken two weeks ago.

“What we do today will determine how we fare two weeks from now,” said Henry in a written statement.