Northern Health region cases rising, but hospitalizations and deaths are not

VICTORIA, B.C. – The latest COVID-19 data shows a steep increase in daily cases since the discovery of the Omi…

VICTORIA, B.C. – The latest COVID-19 data shows a steep increase in daily cases since the discovery of the Omicron variant, but hospitalizations and deaths have not gone up in the Northern Health region.

On Thursday, 304 cases were recorded in the Northern Health region.

This time last week, there were 750 active cases in the north, and 31,817 active cases in B.C.

As of Thursday, January 13th, there are 1,231 active cases in the region and 36,049 in British Columbia.

According to the BC CDC, there were 78 cases recorded from January 2nd to 8th in Peace River North, and 50 were recorded in Peace River South.

Last week, 14 people were in hospital and four were in critical care. This week, 17 in hospital and three in critical care.

Five deaths have been recorded since January 5th, bringing the regional total to 281.

The community vaccination coverage chart was updated on Wednesday. Fort St. John climbed half a per cent in the last week for first doses, now sitting at 82.3 per cent.

Second dose coverage went up nearly one per cent to 75.9, and the third dose rate climbed to 18.2 per cent in the last week.

For children aged 5-11, the rate in Fort St. John went up over 2.5 per cent to 18.9.

As of Thursday, 88.9 per cent of eligible British Columbians have received one dose of a Health Canada approved vaccine, and 83.3 per cent have received two doses.

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