Northeast BC recorded 276 COVID-19 cases between January 30th to February 5th, according to BC Centre for Disease Control data.

There were 146 cases reported in the North Peace, 102 in the South Peace, and 28 in Fort Nelson.

This data doesn’t accurately reflect all cases in the region, as the province changed their testing procedures last month. Testing now focuses on two major groups  – those who are immunocompromised and those in higher-risk settings, such as healthcare workers.

British Columbians have been left with limited testing options as most people don’t qualify for government-funded rapid antigen or PCR testing.

In the Northern Health region, there are 35 people in hospital; 16 of them are in critical care.

The health authority reported two new deaths Wednesday, bringing the total deaths in the region to 290.

The number of Fort St. John residents who are fully vaccinated is 17,480, or 77.8 per cent, with 6,298 people, or 28 per cent, having received their booster dose.

In Dawson Creek, 70 per cent of residents are fully vaccinated, with 29.4 per cent having recieved their third dose.

Over half of rural residents in the North Peace are fully vaccinated at 55 per cent, with 20 per cent also getting the third jab.

In the rural areas of the South Peace, just under 60 per cent of residents are fully vaccinated, with 24 per cent receiving the booster.

BC’s top doctor says a timeline on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions will be released on February 15th.