VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added 12 new cases Tuesday, dropping the active case count to 134.

There are 11 people in hospital, five of whom are in critical care.

With no COVID-19 related deaths today, the total stays at 143.

Out of 7,369 confirmed cases in the region, 7,091 have recovered.

The province added 515 new cases Tuesday, dropping the active case count to 6,020.

There are 426 people in hospital, 141 of whom are in critical care.

With two COVID-19 related deaths confirmed Tuesday, the provincial total now sits at 1,624.

Out of 136,623 confirmed cases in British Columbia, 128,782 have recovered and are not considered infectious.

British Columbia extended the state of emergency again Tuesday, the longest continuous state of emergency in the history of the province.

The state of emergency, which gives police the authority to give fines for people defying provincial health orders, was first declared on April 25th, 2020.

The current state of emergency will expire on May 25th, unless it is extended.

Northern Health issued a COVID-19 school exposure notice for North Peace Secondary on May 6th.

Bert Bowes Middle had a COVID-19 exposure from April 27th to 30th.

Alwin Holland Elementary had an exposure notice for May 3rd and 4th.

Mcleod Elementary in Dawson Creek had a school exposure from May 3rd to 5th.

An employee at the Safeway at 10100 8th street in Dawson Creek tested positive for COVID-19. A notice was posted on May 4th, and the last day the employee worked was April 28th.