VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 274 cases on the weekend, moving the active case count to 641.

There are 55 people in hospital, 13 of whom are in critical care.

There were three COVID-19 deaths over the weekend, moving the regional total to 236.

Out of 16,717 cases since last March, 15,788 have recovered.

Another 2,824 vaccine doses were given since Friday, raising the total dose count to 397,210. Of those, 183,780 are second doses and 10,841 are other doses.

The province added 1,270 cases over the weekend, moving the active case count to 3,837.

There are 376 people in hospital, 116 of whom are in critical care.

There were 16 COVID-19 deaths over the weekend, setting the provincial total at 2,273.

Of the 213,020 cases recorded since last spring, 206,665 have since recovered.

There were 42,593 vaccine doses given since Friday, moving the total dose count to 8,466,077. Of those, 4,023,912 are second doses and 233,461 are other doses.

As of Monday, 90.7 per cent of eligible residents over 12 have received their first dose, and 86.8 per cent have received both doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine.

The B.C. government introduced a bill that would restrict protests at schools, hospitals and vaccination clinics.

If passed, the bill would establish access zones around these types of facilities. The access zones are meant to preserve safe and unimpeded access to essential services that have recently been disrupted by protests during the pandemic.

“Over the last few months, we’ve seen a small number of people protesting against COVID-19 protective measures by blocking access to health-care facilities and schools,” said Premier John Horgan.

“While everyone has a right to protest, interfering with patients accessing hospital care or with kids trying to get to school is completely unacceptable. This legislation will help to keep these important facilities secure and ensure the safety of both those who use them and those who work in them.”

The legislation proposed by the Province would create 20-metre access zones around hospitals, testing and vaccination centres, and K-12 schools.

It would be an offense to impede access to the facility, disrupt services or act in a way that could reasonably cause concern for physical or mental safety.

Northern Health announced a COVID-19 exposure at Crescent Park Elementary in Dawson Creek. The exposure dates are between November 2nd and 5th.