VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added 31 new cases Friday, moving the active case count to 153.

There are nine people in hospital, four of whom are in critical care.

With no COVID-19 deaths Friday, the regional total stays at 149.

Out of 7,555 confirmed cases, 7,249 have recovered.

British Columbia added 420 new cases, moving the active case count to 4,507.

Of the 319 people in hospital, 107 are in critical care.

The province added six COVID-19 deaths Friday, bringing the total to 1,667.

In total, B.C. has recorded 141,373 cases, and 135,068 of those have recovered.

As long as the province stays on the path it has been on, some restrictions could be loosened up as soon as next week, say health officials.

“They can expect on Tuesday that the circuit breaker will be over, and a road map will be laid out for all British Columbians to see,” said Premier Horgan this week.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry tempered expectations by saying the restrictions would be lifted slowly.

“Nothing is going to be back to 100 per cent on Tuesday. It’s not going to be a light switch. It’s going to be a dimmer switch,” said Henry.