VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 40 cases on Thursday, raising the active case count to 351.

There are 38 people in hospital, 10 of whom are in critical care.

There were two COVID-19 deaths in the region Thursday, raising the total to 257.

Out of 17,683 cases since last March, 17,061 have since recovered.

In the region, 1,011 vaccine doses were given since Wednesday, raising the total dose count to 406,746. Of those, 186,402 are second doses and 17,822 are other doses.

British Columbia added 368 cases on Thursday, moving the active case count to 3,020.

There are 284 people in hospital, 97 of whom are in critical care.

There were five COVID-19 deaths in B.C. Thursday, raising the total to 2,345.

Of the 219,180 cases since last spring, 213,694 have recovered.

Another 26,583 vaccine doses were given since Wednesday, raising the total dose count to 8,736,385. Of those, 4,062,083 are second doses and 452,899 are other doses.

As of Thursday, 85 per cent of eligible British Columbians five and older have received one dose, and 81.8 per cent have received both doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine.

Canadians and other foreign visitors to the United States by plane will need to have a COVID-19 test no later than 24 hours before the time of departure.

President Joe Biden is reducing the 72-hour testing window to try and slow the spread of the newly-identified Omicron variant.

The regulation change is expected to take effect early next week.

A memo from the White House doesn’t mention land borders or whether vaccinated Canadians driving down to the United States will need to show a negative COVID-19 test.

“We’re pulling out all the stops to get people maximum protection from this pandemic,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki. “Our view and belief, and the belief of our medical team, is that we have the tools to keep people safe. We’re executing on a robust plan that builds off of all the actions we’ve taken to date – we are not starting from scratch here.”