VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added five new cases Tuesday, setting the active case count at 71.

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

With no COVID-19 deaths recorded Tuesday, the total remains at 153

Out of 7,724 confirmed cases, 7,499 have since recovered.

The province added 165 new cases Tuesday, moving the active case count to 2,051.

There are 203 people in hospital, 57 of whom are in critical care.

B.C.  had no COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, keeping the total at 1,722.

Of the 145,695 cases recorded since last March, 141,879 have recovered.

During Monday’s joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, Dr. Reka Gustafson suggested the end of restrictions could be near.

When answering questions about the four-step reopening plan, Gustafson says “we are on track” to move to step 2 on June 15th.

“We are on a good path to get back to work, to school, to university, to seeing friends, to travelling.”

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control updated the COVID-19 surveillance dashboard.

The average daily case rate per 100,000 population between June 1st and 7th shows Peace River North at six cases per 100,000. Peace River South recorded one case per 100,000, and Fort Nelson recorded zero cases per 100,000.

The Grand Forks region had the highest case rate from June 1st to 7th at 16 cases per 100,000.

The 12 and over vaccination rate in Peace River North sits at 44 per cent as of June 7th. In Peace River South and Fort Nelson, the rate sits at 46 per cent. These percentages are still the lowest in the province.

The over 18 vaccination coverage map shows Peace River North has a 47 per cent vaccination rate. Peace River South has vaccinated 49 per cent of its eligible residents, and Fort Nelson has 51 per cent coverage.

Lastly, when looking at vaccination coverage rates among residents over 50, Peace River North has vaccinated 64 per cent of its eligible population with at least one dose. Peace River South and Fort Nelson both sit at 65 per cent coverage.

The cumulative case count map was also updated Monday.

Peace River North has seen 1207 cases since last January, Peace River South has recorded 977, and Fort Nelson has confirmed 185 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.