VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 98 cases Thursday, moving the active case count to 752.

There are 32 people in hospital, 12 are in critical care.

There was one COVID-19 death recorded Thursday, bringing the regional total to 162.

Out of 9,541 total cases in the Northern Health region, 8,614 have recovered.

The region added 1,737 vaccine doses Thursday, bringing the regional total dose count to 334,941. Of those, 154,840 are second doses.

British Columbia recorded 774 new cases Thursday, pushing the active case count to 5,594.

There are 262 people in hospital, 130 are in critical care.

There were five COVID-19 deaths across the province Thursday, bringing the total to 1,847.

Out of 172,338 cases in British Columbia, 164,470 have recovered.

There were 13,368 vaccine doses given since the last report, bringing B.C.’s total dose count to 7,570,924. Of those, 3,610,107 are second doses.

A report released on Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information says the average cost of a hospitalization related to COVID-19 is $23,000, a full four times higher than treating someone with influenza. That cost could reach as high as $50,000 if the patient ends up in the Intensive Care Unit.

By comparison, someone who had a heart attack and wound up in the ICU would cost around $8,400, the report suggests.

The agency estimates that the cost of COVID-19 related hospitalizations in Canada — Quebec is excluded from this data — is nearly $1 billion between January 2020 and March 2021. That cost tripled between November 2020 and March 2021.