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Bigger cities in Interior Health hit hardest by rising COVID-19 cases

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April 17, 2021 - 12:14 PM

The Interior Health region has recorded the highest number of new weekly COVID-19 cases this year at 676, up by 215 from the week before.

That’s for the week of April 4 to 10, according to new data posted on the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

The region’s largest cities are particularly hard hit.

This chart shows the number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in Local Health Areas from April 4 to 10.
This chart shows the number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in Local Health Areas from April 4 to 10.
Image Credit: Submitted/B.C. Centre for Disease Control

The Central Okanagan jumped to 288 new cases versus 214 the week before, Penticton more than doubled to 37 from 16, Vernon almost doubled to 56 from 33 and Summerland jumped to 12 from three.

Kamloops cases doubled to 96 from 48. That Local Health Area stretches from Barriere to Logan Lake and Chase so includes Sun Peaks which shut down its businesses earlier this week because at least 25 people tested positive in recent days.

READ MORE: Sun Peaks closes stores, daycare as COVID-19 case count grows

Parts of the East Kootenays were hit hard too. Cases in Cranbrook rose to 23 from two, Kimberly jumped to 13 from zero and Windermere rose to 13 from 8.

There are currently 944 active cases in the Interior Health region, 22 of whom are in hospital, including nine in intensive care units.

The graphs below show the number of cases (in green) since August 2020, deaths (in red) and hospitalizations (in blue) for B.C. and its five health regions.

Image Credit: Submitted/B.C. Centre for Disease Control

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