VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 166 cases over the weekend, moving the active case count to 608.

There are 48 people in hospital, 16 of whom are in critical care.

Six COVID-19 deaths were recorded on Monday, moving the regional total to 231.

Out of 16,068 cases since last March, 15,168 have since recovered.

Over the weekend, 2,035 vaccine doses were given, moving the total dose count to 390,801. Of those, 181,476 are second doses and 7,940 are other doses.

British Columbia recorded 1,438 cases over the weekend. From Friday to Saturday there were 553 cases, 462 from Saturday to Sunday, and 423 from Sunday to Monday.

There are 4,282 active cases in the province.

Of the 407 people in hospital, 121 are in critical care.

There were 17 COVID-19 deaths over the weekend, bringing the provincial total to 2,218.

Out of 209,703 cases in the province, 202,898 have since recovered.

Another 35,135 vaccine doses were given, moving the total dose count to 8,346,993. Of those, 3,988,941 are second doses and 169,316 are other doses.

As of Monday, 90.3 per cent of eligible residents over 12 have a single shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 86 per cent have received a second shot.

A group of businesses say the costly PCR COVID-19 test could prevent most Canadians from making quick trips across the border, despite the U.S. border being opened to Canadians at 9 p.m. Sunday night.

Travellers must be fully vaccinated to cross into the United States, but they are not required to take a PCR test to go down. They are, however, required to provide proof of a test within 72 hours of returning.

Business groups from both countries are calling on the federal government to remove the requirement for fully vaccinated Canadians returning from the United States at land crossings, ferries and airports.