There were 340 cases of the virus over the weekend in the Northern Health region alone.

Dix said Monday the amount of cases in the region is putting a strain on the health system, including contact tracers.

“It has been really challenging in the past few weeks, the sheer volume of cases in Northern Health where we’ve been adding and supporting Northern Health with contact tracing staff from provincial health services and BC CDC,” Dix said.

Restrictions on gatherings are still in place in the region.

However, there is still growing concern about the COVID cases in Northern B.C.

Thirty-two ICU patients from the north were transferred to different ICUs in the province over the weekend. Of those patients, 26 of them are not fully vaccinated, the province said.

In the north, an additional 33 people were admitted to hospitals, with two people dying from the virus.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the health authorities are working to reschedule those surgeries as fast as possible.

As of Monday, 88.2 per cent of eligible British Columbians aged 12 and older have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine while 81.6 per cent have received two doses.

On Monday, it was revealed there were 1,986 new cases of the virus reported in the province over the weekend.

An additional 10 people also died from complications related to COVID-19.

There were 617 cases from Friday to Saturday, 707 cases were reported from Saturday to Sunday, and 662 from Sunday to Monday.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 remained largely unchanged, declining by two to 326. Of those, 142 are in intensive care, an increase of four from Friday.

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