Note: As of October 26th, Interior Health has changed the primary source of COVID-19 hospitalization surveillance data. This change in data source will lead to a one-time increase in the number of ever and currently reported COVID-19 hospitalizations. This change is retrospective to the beginning of the pandemic, though it primarily affects cases reported since August 2021.

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 126 cases on Wednesday, moving the active case count to 808.

There are 79 people in hospital, 22 of whom are in critical care.

One COVID-19 death was recorded in the region, moving the total to 208.

Out of 15,078 cases recorded since last March, 13,982 have since recovered.

There were 672 vaccine doses given since Tuesday, setting the regional total dose count at 378,151. Of those, 175,789 are second doses, and 3,827 are “other” doses.

British Columbia added 609 cases on Wednesday, moving the active case count to 4,478.

There are 422 people in hospital, 157 of whom are in critical care.

Six COVID-19 deaths were recorded across the province Wednesday, moving the total to 2,137.

Of the 203,572 total cases since last spring, 196,342 have since recovered.

B.C. added 14,571 doses since Tuesday, moving the total dose count to 8,171,179. Of those, 3,920,820 are second doses, and 90,468 are considered “other” doses.

As of Wednesday, 89.7 per cent of eligible British Columbians over 12 have received a single dose of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine, and 84.7 per cent have been given both doses.

Epidemiologists, mathematicians and data analysts from three B.C. universities and the private sector predict a decline in cases of about 2 per cent per day.

The experts warn that children under 10 may face a higher risk of contracting the virus since they have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

A report suggests masks and regional measures helped stabilize cases in the fall, but the future presents more risk as the weather cools down and people spend more time indoors.

Based on data in the report, communities with 95 per cent of eligible residents fully vaccinated means 4.3 times fewer cases than those with 75 per cent community coverage.

The group estimates that cases will fall in all health authorities as immunity levels climb over the next three weeks.