Northern Health region adds 22 cases and one death, five cases of Omicron variant in B.C.

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 22 new cases, dropping the active case count to 261. There a…

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 22 new cases, dropping the active case count to 261.

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

There was one COVID-19 death on Tuesday, raising the regional total to 261.

Of the 17,877 cases since last spring, 17,337 have since recovered.

There were 662 vaccine doses given since Monday, moving the total dose count to 408,192. Of those, 186,091 are second doses and 19,774 are other doses.

British Columbia recorded 326 new cases on Tuesday, moving the active case count to 2,814.

There are 242 people in hospital, 82 of whom are in critical care.

There was one COVID-19 death in B.C. Tuesday, raising the provincial total to 2,363.

Out of 220,856 cases since last March, 215,577 have recovered.

Another 21,418 vaccine doses were given since Monday, setting the total dose count at 8,832,580. Of those, 4,073,643 are second doses and 505,300 are other doses.

As of Tuesday, 85.6 per cent of eligible British Columbians five and older have their first shot, and 82 per cent have both doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine.

Five cases of the Omicron variant have been identified in British Columbia. Three cases were identified in Vancouver Coastal Health and two in Fraser Health.

Dr. Bonnie Henry said the cases have been mild, and nobody has required hospitalization.

Henry suspects there are a number of new cases pending, likely to be the Omicron variant.

Of the five cases, three were fully vaccinated with three different combinations. The other two cases, according to Dr. Henry, were in unvaccinated British Columbians.

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