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COVID-19 case count in B.C.'s Southern Interior looking up

FILE PHOTO - People wear face masks as they walk through a shopping mall in Montreal, Saturday, July 18, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world.
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August 24, 2020 - 7:30 PM

COVID-19 cases are on the rise across the province but the Okanagan is doing a relatively good job at keeping the pandemic at bay despite its recent slip-ups.

In the latest distribution map offered up by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, it shows that the Okanagan has reported 15 cases between Aug. 7 to 20, amounting to 290 since Jan. 1.

That figure means that in the 14 days, there have been 0.1 to 5 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population.

The B.C. CDC releases a map of case counts every Thursday.
The B.C. CDC releases a map of case counts every Thursday.
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The Thompson Cariboo Shuswap is in the same category, and have had two new cases, amounting to 85 since the pandemic began.

Neighbouring Kootenay-Boundary has done best at keeping the disease under control in the last two weeks with zero new cases.

Not doing so well, however, are some parts of the Greater Vancouver area.

A guide to the regions on the map.
A guide to the regions on the map.
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North Shore/Coast Garibaldi has reported 50 cases in the last two weeks, Fraser North reported 160, Vancouver reported 267 and Fraser South reported 268. In the whole region, the only place without a 15 per 100,000 population rate of COVID-19 is Richmond, which only reported seven cases in the two weeks.

In addition to the Lower Mainland, the Northern Health is facing a surge of cases with the Northeast region reporting 26 cases, also putting it with a rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population.

Today, Aug. 24, there are 1,651 diagnosed cases of COVID-19  in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 2,739 people in the Fraser Health region, 166 people in the Vancouver Island health region, 425 people in Interior Health and 127 people in the Northern Health region. In addition there are 76 people who reside outside of Canada.


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