Northern Health region adds 56 cases, masks required for church services

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 56 cases on Tuesday, dropping the active case count to 337. …

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 56 cases on Tuesday, dropping the active case count to 337.

There are 42 people in hospital, 17 of whom are in critical condition.

There were no COVID-19 deaths in the region, keeping the total at 255.

Out of 17,580 cases, 16,965 have since recovered.

In the Northern Health region, 426 vaccine doses were given. The total dose count now sits at 404,979. Of those, 186,215 are second doses and 16,337 are other doses.

British Columbia recorded 358 cases on Tuesday, raising the active case count to 2,889.

There are 300 people in hospital, 104 of whom are in critical care.

There were no deaths across the province Tuesday, keeping the total at 2,333.

Out of 218,426 cases, 213,053 have recovered.

Another 15,918 vaccine doses were given across the province since Monday, moving the total dose count to 8,688,112. Of those, 4,056,228 are second doses and 419,367 are other doses.

As of Tuesday, 84.8 per cent of eligible British Columbians five and older have a single dose, and 81.7 per cent have both doses of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a change to the province’s mask mandate around churchgoers at the weekly COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday.

Since November 1st, British Columbians attending church services were not mandated to wear a mask, although they were still encouraged.

As of Tuesday, masks will be a requirement at church services going forward, including for church choirs.

Worship services will be limited to 50 per cent capacity unless everyone is fully vaccinated.

“The province, as you know, has a vaccine card available for faith services to use that will allow flexibility for you and your congregation to work with congregants to provide proof of vaccination by other means,” said Dr. Henry.

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