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COVID-19: 207 cases reported in Northeast B.C. last week

There were 207 cases of COVID-19 in Northeast B.C. last week, according to the latest data from the BC Centre for Disease Control. During the week of Jan.
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There were 207 cases of COVID-19 in Northeast B.C. last week, according to the latest data from the BC Centre for Disease Control.

During the week of Jan. 9 to 15, there were 115 cases reported in the North Peace, 85 in the South Peace, and seven in Fort Nelson.

Cases have been on an upward trend since Christmas and the spread of the Omicron variant of the virus. There were 138 cases reported last week, and 86 cases the week of Boxing Day.

  • Dec. 5-11: 77

  • Dec. 12-18: 58

  • Dec. 26-Jan. 1: 86

  • Jan. 2-8: 138

There are currently 11 critical care patients listed in hospital in the Northern Health region by the BCCDC.

Northern Health reports 17,182 residents in Fort St. John, or about 83% of the population, are fully vaccinated. Just over 4,900 residents have received a third booster dose, while one-fifth of children age 5 to 11 have received a first dose of vaccination.

Northern Health has also issued updated guidelines on when to seek a test for COVID-19. The health authority says a test is not recommended for people who are fully vaccinated, or experiencing mild symptoms. A test is recommended if people are experiencing symptoms and at higher risk of severe illness.

Northern Health has also ended its regional public health orders to align with provincial health orders that are in place.

“The north continues to see increases in the number of new COVID cases, while rates of serious illness and hospitalizations have not increased beyond levels seen elsewhere in the province,” the health authority said in a statement.

Drop-in vaccination clinics continue in the city and have moved from the public health unit to the Totem Mall.

For more details on clinic schedules in Northeast B.C., visit the Northern Health website.


Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca