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VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 129 cases Wednesday, moving the active case count to 943.

There are 64 people in hospital, 21 of whom are in critical care.

There were no COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, keeping the regional total at 169.

Out of 10,886 cases recorded, 9,763 have recovered.

There were 1,058 vaccine doses given since Tuesday, moving the total dose count to 346,749. Of those, 160,016 are second doses.

British Columbia added 759 cases, bringing the active case count to 5,458.

Of the 324 people in hospital, 157 are in critical care.

B.C. added 10 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, moving the total to 1,910.

Out of 180,937 cases, 173,215 have since recovered.

Another 14,242 vaccine doses were given across the province since Tuesday, moving the total dose count to 7,739,828. Of those, 3,692,922 are second doses.

As of Wednesday, 87.1 per cent of eligible British Columbians over 12 have received one dose of the vaccine, and 79.7 per cent have received both doses.

After parents voiced their concerns with the Province’s decision to eliminate COVID-19 school exposure notices, B.C. is re-implementing the system of notifying parents when a child has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Province said it would not be issuing school exposure notices earlier in September, but it would issue notifications for clusters and outbreaks.

Dr. Bonnie Henry says, after consulting with parents and teachers, the Province recognizes that parents need “an authoritative source to have an understanding of what’s happening in their children’s schools.”

“If your child has COVID-19, if your child has been exposed to somebody with COVID-19 in the school system, you will be notified,” said Henry on Tuesday.

Dr. Henry doesn’t believe schools are a significant source of transmission. In the Vancouver Coastal Health region, less than eight per cent of cases originated from school environments last year.

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