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COVID death toll surpasses 200 in Northern B.C.

Northern Health reports three more deaths, 130 new cases in previous 24-hour period
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This map shows the weekly average number of cases for each of the province's local health areas.

COVID-19 has now claimed the lives of more than 200 Northern B.C. residents.

The Northern Health region confirmed three more deaths over a one-day period from Thursday to Friday, for a total of 202 since the pandemic began.

The pandemic has so far claimed the lives of 2,109 B.C. residents, 13 of whom died in the past 24 hours. Three of those deaths happened over the past day in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, three were in Interior Health, and Fraser Health and Island Health each had two new deaths attributed to the virus.

Two days after Northern Health posted a record-high one-day total of 191 new cases of COVID, the number of new cases dropped to 130 on Friday, among 649 new cases B.C. heath authorities reported. There are now 5,106 active cases in the province, 880 of which are in the northern half of the province.

By comparison, Fraser Health reported 281 new cases and 2,051 active cases; Vancouver Coastal Health had 61 new cases and 693 active cases; Interior Health confirmed 88 new cases and 778 active cases, while Island Health has 130 new cases and 545 active cases.

B.C. hospitals currently have 365 COVID patients admitted, and 143 of them are being treated in intensive care units. In Nothern Health there were 78 people hospitalized due to COVID and 21 of them are require intensive care.

There were no new health-care facility outbreaks reported Friday. Outbreaks continue at UHNBC’s acute care ward in Prince George, G.R Baker Memorial Hospital in Quesnel and at Wrinch Memorial Hospital in Hazelton.

Drive-thru vax clinic this weekend

There were 185 cases of COVID-19 reported in Northeast B.C. last week, according to the latest data from the BCCDC.

Between Oct. 10 to 16, there were 98 cases in the North Peace, 81 in the South Peace, and 6 in Fort Nelson.

As of Oct. 19, first dose immunization rates in Fort St. John were up to 74%. Second dose rates were up to 62%.

A drop-in drive-thru clinic is open this weekend off Old Fort Road (11504 Tahltan Rd) Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday and Monday from noon to 8 p.m.

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