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BCCDC map shows Okanagan as a hotspot for COVID-19

COVID-19 by region.
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July 27, 2020 - 3:06 PM

It's not unusual for the Okanagan to show up as a hotspot on provincial maps in the summer but usually, it's because of the region's balmy weather.

In a map released by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, the Okanagan is once again the summer hotspot, only this time it's for COVID-19 cases.

Over a 14-day period, from July 10 to 23, the Centre for Disease Control has mapped out where the cases are, then the rate of infection is weighted using the measure of cases per 100,000 population.

While most of the province is dealing with a low number of infections, the Okanagan is in the top tier for having a 107 cases or a rate of 15-plus per 100,000 population.

It is the only area in the province that is in this category.

Comparatively, neighbouring Kootenay Boundary is reporting one case, which amounts to 0.1 to 5 per 100,000 while the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap has two cases and the lowest rate of infection.

It's a significant turn of fortune. In a neighbouring graphic, it shows that the Okanagan, from Jan. 1 to July 23, isn't that bad off. For that entire period there were only 210 cases, for the third highest rate of infection, which is 50.1 to 75 per 100,000 cases.

Cases are mapped by location of residence. Cases with unknown residence and from out of province are not mapped. The data comes from COVID-19 case line lists reported by the health authorities.

In B.C., as of Friday, there were 3,419 cases of COVID-19, of which 2,934 have recovered, 294 are still sick with 12 in hospital of which three are in intensive care.

One more person has died, bringing the provincial total to 191.

Of the total cases, 1,764 have been in the Fraser Health region, 1,057 in Vancouver Coastal, 319 in Interior Health 142 on Vancouver Island, 79 in the Northern health region and 58 people who live outside of Canada.

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