VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added 39 new cases on Tuesday, moving the active case count to 308.

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

There were no COVID-19 deaths in the region Tuesday, keeping the total at 160.

Out of 8,403 total cases, 7,931 have recovered.

With 692 vaccine doses given since Monday, the regional total dose count sits at 320,018. Of those, 147,215 are second doses.

The province added 641 new cases Tuesday, raising the active case count to 5,357.

There are 138 people in hospital, 78 of whom are in critical care.

There were no COVID-19 deaths across the province Tuesday, keeping the total at 1,801.

Out of 161,271 total cases in B.C., 153,967 have recovered.

B.C. added 14,675 vaccine doses since Monday, bringing the total dose count to 7,351,471. Of those, 3,484,857 are second doses.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside announced students in Grade 4 and older will be required to wear masks when classes resume in September.

Students will return to full-time, in-person learning and sports, music, and extracurricular activities will also resume. Cohorts will not be required, however, students will have to complete daily health checks.

Updated guidelines were also announced for post-secondary students, including a mask mandate and proof of vaccination requirement for many non-essential activities.

Proof of vaccination is required for all non-essential services on campus, including but not limited to gyms, nightclubs, restaurants and a variety of indoor events, such as sporting events and concerts. Those living in campus housing will also be required to show proof of vaccinations, effective September 7th.

Dr. Henry says the temporary mandate will take effect Wednesday, regardless of vaccination status. Masks may only be required for a couple of weeks as the health order will be reassessed once the B.C. vaccine card is fully implemented.

Masks will be required at the following settings, according to the Province: