Northern Health region adds 75 cases since Sunday, flood-affected residents exempt from border COVID-19 test for essential trips

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 75 cases from Sunday to Monday. The active case count now si…

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added  75 cases from Sunday to Monday. The active case count now sits at 528.

There are 48 people in hospital, 18 of whom are in critical care.

There were four COVID-19 deaths over the weekend, moving the regional total to 245.

Out of 17,189 cases since last spring, 16,386 have since recovered.

There were 1,348 vaccine doses given since Friday, moving the total dose count to 402,755. Of those, 185,951 are second doses and 13,388 are other doses.

British Columbia added 330 cases from Sunday to Monday. The active case count is 3,137.

There are 337 people in hospital, 115 of whom are in critical care.

There were 10 COVID-19 deaths over the weekend, raising the provincial total to 2,303.

Of the 215,688 cases since last March, 210,070 have since recovered.

Another 43,245 vaccine doses were given since Friday, moving the total dose count to 8,578,633. Of those, 4,045,916 are second doses and 314,768 are other doses.

Residents in the flood-affected southern half of the province will be allowed to cross into the United States for gas and other essential goods, and they won’t be required to show a negative COVID-19 test upon returning to Canada.

Federal minister of emergency preparedness, Bill Blair, told the media on Sunday that returning Canadians would not need to quarantine or show a negative COVID-19 test, vaccinated or not.

“People are concerned about crossing the border because of the COVID restrictions that are in place,” said Blair. “This is something that I believe can be accommodated under the exemption regulations that currently exist.”

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