VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 79 new cases on Tuesday, moving the active case count to 921.

There are 64 people in hospital, 22 of whom are in critical care.

There were no COVID-19 deaths in the region Tuesday, keeping the total at 169.

Out of 10,757 cases recorded since last spring, 9,655 have recovered.

With 493 vaccine doses given since Monday, the region’s total dose count moves to 345,691. Of those, 159,537 are second doses.

British Columbia added 525 cases Tuesday, bringing the active case count to 5,282.

There are 332 people in hospital, 155 of whom are in critical care.

There was one COVID-19 death Tuesday, moving the B.C. total to 1,900.

Out of 180,178 cases in British Columbia, 172,624 have recovered.

There were 14,280 vaccine doses given since Monday, bringing the total dose count to 7,725,586. Of those, 3,687,952 are second doses.

At the weekly COVID-19 briefing, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry cleared the air surrounding the safety of women who are planning to get pregnant, or who are nursing, to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“All of the vaccines that are approved for use in Canada are not only safe but also recommended for people who are pregnant, people who are thinking of getting pregnant, and people who are breastfeeding,” said Henry on Tuesday. “There is no increased risk of pregnancy complications or neonatal outcomes when you’re vaccinated.”

Henry added that pregnant women who are infected with COVID-19 will be at higher risk of severe illness, stillbirths and premature births.

Henry says the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization have recommended vaccines for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.