VICTORIA, B.C. – Zero cases were recorded in the Northern Health Region over the weekend.

The active case count for the region sits at 45.

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

One COVID-19 death was reported over the weekend, moving the regional total to 156.

Of the 7,800 confirmed cases in the region, 7,598 have since recovered.

There were 6,998 vaccine doses given since the last report, moving the total number of doses given in the region to 229,461.

The province added 145 new cases over the weekend. From Friday to Saturday there were 57 cases, 50 from Saturday to Sunday, and 38 cases from Sunday to Monday.

The active case count for the province is 930.

There are 107 people in hospital, 37 of whom are in critical care.

There were five COVID-19 deaths over the weekend, moving the total to 1,754.

Out of 147,549 confirmed cases in British Columbia, 144,848 have since recovered.

There were 183,160 vaccine doses given since the last report, bringing the total number of doses given in B.C. to 4,886,709.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the risk associated with a sudden increase in social contacts and the presence of the more transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 could lead to a case spike.

Henry says cases could jump back to 150 a day by the end of summer if social interactions get to 80 per cent and the Delta variant is the dominant strain.

Backed by a significant decrease in case counts, hospitalizations and deaths, health officials have left the door open to move to Step 3 of the province’s reopening plan on Canada Day.

“Things are looking good” for B.C. to move to step 3 on July 1st, said Dr. Bonnie Henry.

The provincial health officer also pointed to the low rate of reproduction as a good sign.

“We now have a sustained low reproductive rate. For most people that are infected, they are not passing this virus on to anyone else.”

The vaccinated population requirement for Step 3 is 70 percent of the 18 and older population vaccinated with at least one dose. Currently, the province has vaccinated 77.6 per cent of its adult population.

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control added a flight involving Fort St. John to the list of COVID-19 flight exposures.

On June 20th, Air Canada Jazz Flight 8184 from Fort St. John to Vancouver had a traveller test positive for COVID-19. Rows 11 through 17 were affected.