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218 COVID-19 cases reported in Northeast B.C. last week

Between Oct. 3 to 9, there were 115 cases in the North Peace, 100 in the South Peace, and 3 in Fort Nelson

There were 218 cases of COVID-19 reported in Northeast B.C. last week, according to the latest data from the BCCDC.

Between Oct. 3 to 9, there were 115 cases in the North Peace, 100 in the South Peace, and 3 in Fort Nelson, according to the weekly update.

Across the Northern Health region, there are 689 active cases, with 67 new cases reported Wednesday. There are 87 patients in hospital, 19 in critical care.

The total COVID-19 death toll in Northern B.C. is now 187, with three new deaths reported by the Ministry of Health on Wednesday, and seven deaths reported over the Thanksgiving long weekend. 

As of Oct. 12, there were 16,357 Fort St. John residents who had received a first dose of vaccine, up 277 week-over-week. There were 13,529 residents who had received a second dose, up 263 from the week prior.

In Dawson Creek, there were 8,981 of 13,519 residents who had received their first dose (66%), while 7,568 residents had received a second dose (56%).

Northern Health this week declared an end to the outbreak at Site C. Northern Health is also reporting a recent COVID-19 exposures at Ma Murray school on Oct. 1 and from Oct. 4 to 7.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Tuesday that about 340,000 children 11 and under would be eligible to get vaccinated when the policy is announced as early as next month. Henry said priority would be given to those in the northern region, where COVID-19 transmission rates are highest due to lower vaccine uptake.

Henry also said public health officials are working with the Northern Health authority to determine if more regional measures are needed to prevent transmission, including booster doses as a way to manage outbreaks.

Health Minister Adrian Dix noted that as of Oct. 12, 55 critically care patients have been transferred from parts of the north to intensive care units elsewhere in the province, and that 43 of them were infected with COVID-19 and only one of them was fully vaccinated.

For more details on immunization clinics in northeast B.C., visit the Northern Health website

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