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Northern Health sees one new COVID-19 death, daily case counts remain in triple digits

Active cases are now at 983 in the region, according to BCCDC data
Viles of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

In the past 24 hours there has been one new COVID-19 related death in Northern Health and the daily case reports remain in triple digits.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control is reporting 123 new cases in Northern Health and 983 active cases.

That’s more than the amount of active cases in Vancouver Coastal Health which has 909 but far less than Fraser Health which is reporting 1,923.

Province-wide there were 832 new cases today and 5,697 active cases in total. In addition to the death in Northern Health, four more deaths were reported in the province for a new toll of 1,915.

Of the active cases, 330 individuals are in hospital and 148 are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

There are now 71 people hospitalized in Northern Health and 19 in critical care.

There are also 22 active health care facility outbreaks in B.C. including two in Northern Health at Jubilee Lodge and Fort St. John Hospital.

From Sept. 15-21, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 75.5 per cent of cases and from Sept. 8-21, they accounted for 82.6 per cent of hospitalizations.

After factoring for age, people not vaccinated are 25.8 times more likely to be hospitalized than those fully vaccinated.

Northern Health has also released some Community Immunization Coverage Data stating that 367,374 doses have been administered which means 76% of the population age 12 and older have received at least one dose and 65% are fully immunized with two doses.

In Fort St. John, more than 15,300 have had their first shots, and 12,577 have had a second. In Dawson Creek, 8,510 residents have had their first shot, and 7115 their second.

Prince George city central has 83% who have their first dose and 71% fully immunized, and the southwest of the city sees 79% who are fully immunized, and in the northern portion of the city there are 72% fully immunized.

The lowest numbers in the Northern Interior come out of Vanderhoof where only 57% are fully immunized and in Vanderhoof Rural only 52% are fully immunized.

In the rural areas of the North Peace, 46% of people have their first shot, and only 38% are fully immunized. In the rural areas of the South Peace, 52% of people have their first shot, and 43% their second.

The province this week said it has allocated ICU beds in Vancouver and Victoria for ICU patients from northern B.C. as hospitals in the region are over capacity.

Last week, the province also had to cancel 511 non-urgent surgeries – including 167 procedures in the Northern Health region – because of the strain the pandemic has put on hospitals.