VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 29 cases on Thursday, moving the active case count to 262.

There are 24 people in hospital, nine of whom are in critical care.

There were two COVID-19 deaths reported Thursday, raising the regional total to 265.

Out of 17,955 cases since last March, 17,413 have since recovered.

In the region, 850 vaccine doses were given since Wednesday, moving the total dose count to 410,156. Of those, 186,255 are second doses and 21,280 are other doses.

British Columbia recorded 341 cases Thursday, moving the active case count to 2,915.

There are 22 people in hospital, 73 of whom are in critical care.

There were nine COVID-19 deaths reported Thursday, raising the B.C. total to 2,378.

Out of 221,576 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, 216,185 have recovered.

Another 29,927 vaccine doses were given since Wednesday, moving the total dose count to 8,889,167. Of those, 4,079,203 are second doses and 542,733 are other doses.

As of Thursday, 85.9 per cent of eligible British Columbians five and older have received their first dose, and 82.1 per cent have both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Northern Health says in-person worship services are allowed to resume at 50 per cent capacity with proof of vaccination.

The revised order takes effect at midnight on December 10th and will be in place until at least January 31st.

The health authority says all participants over 11 years old will need to be vaccinated to attend. Virtual or drive-in services can continue without proof of vaccination.

The revised order also removes proof of vaccination requirements for outside events, in line with provincial measures, said Northern Health.