VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 103 cases on Thursday, raising the active case count to 553.

There are 19 people in hospital, 12 are in critical care.

There were no deaths Thursday, keeping the regional total at 161.

Out of 8,970 cases in the Northern Health region, 8,251 have recovered.

Another 1,538 doses were given on Thursday, bringing the total dose count to 329,784. Of those, 152,271 are second doses.

British Columbia added 801 new cases Thursday, pushing the active case count to 5,931.

There are 199 people in hospital, 116 of whom are in critical care.

There were six COVID-19 deaths recorded Thursday, moving the provincial total to 1,824.

Since last spring, 167,654 cases have been recorded, and 159,560 of those have since recovered.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced new measures for the Northern Health region, effective at 12:01 a.m. on September 7th.

Personal gatherings inside the home will be limited to one additional family or five guests.

Limits to personal gatherings outside the home up to a maximum of 50 people with a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.

Outdoor events and sporting events with more than 200 spectators will need a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Dr. Henry says transmission has not been happening in restaurants, gyms, fitness centres, worship settings or educational settings, so those activities will not be restricted by the new measures.

The new order will remain until Northern Health experiences lower cases and higher vaccination rates.

The geographic distribution of COVID-19 by local health area shows Peace River North added 46 cases between August 22nd and 28th. Peace River South added 63 cases and Fort Nelson recorded 21 cases.