VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 49 cases on Wednesday, moving the active case count to 276.

There are 21 people in hospital, 10 of whom are in critical care.

There was one COVID-19 death on Wednesday, raising the regional total to 263.

Out of 17,926 cases since last spring, 17,372 have since recovered.

There were 1,114 vaccine doses given since Tuesday, moving the total dose count to 409,306. Of those, 186,314 are second doses and 20,325 are other doses.

British Columbia added 379 cases on Wednesday, moving the active case count to 2,874.

There are 224 people in hospital, 77 of whom are in critical care.

six COVID-19 deaths were reported across the province Wednesday, raising the total to 2,369.

Out of 221,235 cases since last March, 215,884 have since recovered.

Another 26,660 vaccine doses were given since Tuesday, raising the total dose count to 8,859,240. Of those, 4,076,278 are second doses and 522,586 are other doses.

As of Wednesday, 85.8 per cent of eligible British Columbians five and older have one shot of a Health Canada approved vaccine, and 82.1 per cent have received both doses.

The Northern B.C. community immunization coverage map was updated on Wednesday.

Fort St. John increased both the first and second doses by one per cent since last week.

Of the 22,472 residents, 18,011 (80 per cent) have a single dose, and 16,306 (73 per cent) have a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Fort St. John continues to lead Northern British Columbia in community vaccine coverage with Hudson’s Hope at 76 per cent with one dose and 69 per cent with both doses.

For all of Northern British Columbia, the rate sits at 83 per cent and 77 per cent for first and second doses respectively.

Health Minister Adrian Dix says Fort St. John’s vaccine rate reflects the extraordinary effort put in, compared to where immunization rates stood earlier this year.