FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health is aligning the public health orders on gatherings and events with the rest of the province, according to a release Thursday.

The current Northern Health order has been in place since December 24th, as public health officials evaluated the case rates and the impact on the healthcare system. While cases are increasing, hospitalizations have not increased beyond the rest of the province.

“Northern Health Medical Health Officers have assessed that the B.C.-wide measures announced and updated at the provincial level this week, will help to limit the impacts of the current Omicron-driven rates of COVID-19 on northern communities and health care resources,” reads the release from Northern Health.

“Public health are continuing to continue to closely monitor COVID-19 activity and health care system impacts, along with regional immunization coverage rates.”

Measures specific to Northern Health have been repealed as of January 20th. Now, all current provincial public health orders and restrictions will continue to be in effect and enforced in the Northern Health region.

Vaccination continues to be the best line of defense against COVID-19. There are ongoing vaccine clinic opportunities throughout the region, including for newly-eligible 5 to 11-year-olds. To find a clinic, visit: https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/covid-19-immunization-clinics.”

Dr. Bonnie Henry initially announced circuit breaker restrictions strictly for the north on October 14th, 2021.