Five COVID-related deaths were reported in the Northern Health region on Wednesday.
The new deaths bring the region’s death toll from the pandemic up to 251, according to data released by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.
Forty-four new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the region on Wednesday, and the number of active cases dropped to 415, down by 29 from Tuesday.
There were 42 Northern Health residents hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday, the BCCDC reported, of which 15 were listed in critical care.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 17, 293 cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Health region, of which 16,598 people have recovered.
There were 140 cases of COVID-19 reported in Northeast B.C. last week, according to the latest data from the BCCDC. Between Nov. 14 to 20, there were 95 cases in the North Peace, 38 in the South Peace, and 7 in Fort Nelson.
Northern Health is continuing to monitor a viral outbreak at the Meadow House at the Peace Villa care home in Fort St. John, where one resident has recently died.
Northern Health has posted recent school exposures in the Peace Region, including:
North Peace Secondary - Nov. 16-18
Crescent Park Elementary - Nov. 2-5
Little Prairie Elementary - Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 1-4
Ecole Central Elementary - Oct. 29 and Nov. 1
Charlie Lake Elementary - Nov. 2-4
As of Nov. 23, first dose immunization rates in Fort St. John were at 79%, while second dose rates were up to 70%.
According to Northern Health's community immunization report, 60% of Fort St. John youth age 12 to 17 have been immunized with one dose of vaccine; 50% have received a second dose.
Drop-in immunization clinics continue at the Fort St. John public health unit on 110 Avenue:
Thursday, Nov. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A drop-in clinic will run at the festival plaza on Friday, Nov. 26, from 4 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, Nov. 27, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For more details on clinic schedules in Northeast B.C., visit the Northern Health website.
— with files from Alaska Highway News, Prince George Citizen
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