DAWSON CREEK -- COVID-19 numbers continue to skyrocket in North British Columbia. 

Northern Health is reporting more than twice the amount of new cases than the provincial average. 

As of Wednesday, 84 people in the region are in hospital, the highest hospitization rate the region has seen to-date. 

In Tuesday's provincial COVID-19 update, Health Minister Adrian Dix confirmed, 32 ICU patients from Nothern Health were transfered to other parts of the province.

"There are, I believe, 22 of them came to Vancouver Island, which is a long way from Vanderhoof, Smithers, Pouce Coupe, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Prince George. It's a long way. It's hard on them, it's hard on their families, it's hard on the heathcare workers. It has an impact on surgeries everywhere including Vancouver Island," said the Minister. 

COVID-19 related deaths in Northern B.C. are up to 176. 

Fort St. John made the biggest jump in first dose vaccinations in the province last week.