Health Minister Adrian Dix has said more than 3,000 health-care workers are on unpaid leave for defying a vaccine mandate
Four of the five COVID-19 deaths reported on Tuesday occurred in the Northern Health region, while the fifth was in Interior Health.
Those two health regions have the lowest vaccination rates in B.C.
There were 406 more cases of COVID-19 reported over the past day. There are now 4,694 active cases of the disease, of which 445 are being treated in hospital including 137 in intensive case.
So far, 2186 people have died of COVID-19 in B.C.
A new outbreak has been recorded at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops as well as another at a hospital in Nanaimo, for a total of 41 outbreaks in B.C., most of them in long-term care facilities.
The province says 90 per cent of eligible residents aged 12 and up have received their first dose of vaccine and 85.4 per cent of tham are now fully vaccinated.
Health Minister Adrian Dix has said more than 3,000 health-care workers are on unpaid leave for defying a vaccine mandate and surgeries have been cancelled in some parts of the province due to staffing shortages.
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