VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 115 cases over the weekend, moving the active case count to 342.

There are 25 people in hospital, nine of whom are in critical care.

There were four COVID-19 deaths over the weekend, bringing the regional total to 261.

Out of 17,855 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, 17,236 have since recovered.

In the region, 346 vaccine doses were given since Friday, raising the total dose count to 407,530. Of those, 185,954 are second doses and 19,505 are other doses.

British Columbia added 946 cases over the weekend, moving the active case count to 2,876.

There are 241 people in hospital, 89 of whom are in critical care.

There were 11 COVID-19 deaths across B.C. since Friday, raising the provincial total to 2,362.

Of the 220,530 cases since last March, 215,190 have recovered.

Another 49,554 vaccine doses were given since Friday, raising the total dose count to 8,811,162. Of those, 4,071,115 are second doses and 492,554 are other doses.

As of Monday, 85.5 per cent of eligible British Columbians five and older have received one dose, and 82.0 per cent have received a second dose of a Health Canada approved vaccine.

Northern Health announced a COVID-19 exposure notification for staff and students of C.M. Finch Elementary in Fort St. John.

The exposure dates are November 17th, 18th and 19th.

All staff and students present during those dates is asked to self-monitor for symptoms for at least 14 days from the last exposure date.

Health Minister Adrian Dix says with all the attention paid to the newly-discovered Omicron variant, he’s still focused on the Delta variant. He says the Delta variant’s impact on unvaccinated British Columbians is “profound.”

Of the more than 150 patients who have been airlifted out of Northern Health facilities down south, Dix says most are unvaccinated, and it’s taking its toll on the healthcare system.

“We don’t need Omicron to tell us to be cautious over Christmas. We just need to look at the Delta variant, which is here now and has a profound effect on all of us,” Said Dix.  “This is a time when you should be concerned with the vaccination status of those around you and ensure that you stay safe right now.”