VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added 60 new cases on Friday, bumping the active case count to 163.

There are three people in hospital, two of whom are in critical care.

There were no COVID-19 deaths Friday, keeping the regional total at 159.

Out of 8,054 confirmed cases, 7,731 have since recovered.

There were 1,326 vaccine doses given since Thursday, putting the regional total dose count at 311,383. Of those, 170,402 are second doses.

The province added 717 new cases Friday, pushing the active case count to 4,277.

There are 82 people in hospital, 39 of whom are in critical care.

There were no deaths across B.C. Friday, keeping the total at 1,779.

Since last March, 155,079 cases have been recorded in the province. Of those, 148,964 have since recovered.

The province recorded 22,824 vaccine doses since Thursday, moving the total doses given to 7,164,020. Of those, 3,339,249 are second doses.

Northern Health announced that 16 Trans Mountain employees and contractors in the Valemount area have tested positive for COVID-19.

The health authority says it is managing the cluster of cases, and around 50 close contacts of those cases have been put in self-isolation.

“A COVID-19 outbreak is not being declared at this time. Public Health’s investigation suggests the majority of infections were not acquired at the site, and there is little evidence of ongoing transmission of illness among project employees,” said Northern Health.

On Friday, the federal government announced that all federal workers will have to be fully vaccinated by this fall.

This requirement will include travellers on commercial flights, interprovincial passenger trains and cruise ships.

For those with medical conditions that prevent them from receiving the vaccine, enhanced testing and screening measures will be put in place.