Northern Health Region adds 26 new cases, leaked BC CDC report

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added 26 new cases Friday, dropping the active case count to 157. …

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added 26 new cases Friday, dropping the active case count to 157.

Out of 14 people in hospital, seven are in critical care.

One COVID-19 related death was recorded Friday, bringing the regional total to 141.

There have been 7,303 cases in the region, 7,004 of those have recovered.

British Columbia added 722 new cases, bringing the active case count to 6,757.

Out of 445 people in hospital, 157 are in critical care.

The province confirmed seven COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the provincial total to 1,602.

In total, 134,341 total cases have been recorded, and 125,799 have recovered.

Anne Roberts Young Elementary had a COVID-19 exposure notice for April 28th and 29th.

North Peace Secondary School had a COVID-19 exposure on May 3rd.

Compared to the rest of the province, Peace River North had the highest positivity testing rate last week and has the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates.

The data comes from leaked internal reports from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, released by the Vancouver Sun on Thursday.

Northern Health is addressing rumours that staff at Fort St. John Hospital are neglecting patients.

“We understand rumours are circulating which share the perception that Fort St. John staff are not attending to patients properly. We need to put a stop to this conversation,” says Angela De Smit, Northeast Chief Operating Officer, in a statement Friday.

In her statement, De Smit says Fort St. John has the highest COVID-19 case numbers in the north.

“Nurses and hospital staff are run off their feet most days, and we are not always able to find more staff to help them care for you and your loved ones the way we all want. This is hard for everyone, nurses included.”

Northern Health says 31 Site C workers have recovered after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared on April 29th.

A total of eight cases involving two contractors are currently active.

Northern Health is now booking COVID-19 vaccines for Fort St. John residents 18 years and older.

In the provincial announcement Thursday, four communities in Northern Health were identified as high-transmission zones. Joining Dawson Creek are Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, and Fort St. James.

The province says 43 per cent of B.C,’s eligible target population, 4.3 million, have received their first dose.

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