Northern Health Region adds five new cases over weekend, mink farms capped and restricted

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added five new cases over the weekend, bringing the active case co…

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added five new cases over the weekend, bringing the active case count to 14.

There are two people in hospital, both are in critical care.

There was one COVID-19 death recorded over the weekend, bringing the regional total to 158.

Of the 7,821 confirmed cases, 7,649 have since recovered.

There were 3,662 vaccine doses given since the last report, bringing the total number of doses given in the region to 289,365. Of those, 123,253 are second doses.

British Columbia added 267 new cases over the weekend. From Friday to Saturday there were 94 new cases, 79 from Saturday to Sunday, and 94 from Sunday to Monday.

The active case count for the province sits at 695.

There are 43 people in hospital, 17 of whom are in critical care.

One death was recorded on the weekend, bringing the provincial total to 1,768.

Out of 149,109 total cases in the province, 146,636 have since recovered.

There were 161,761 vaccine doses given since the last report, bringing the total number of doses given in B.C. to 6,584,264. Of those, 2,841,826 are second doses.

A provincial health officer issued an order for all mink-farm operators in British Columbia after two mink tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans.

The order goes into effect immediately, capping numbers on existing mink farms and placing a moratorium on new mink farms in the province.

The Province says it is reviewing its policies and regulations around fur farms.

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