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COVID-19 case count rising in smaller Southern Interior cities

BCCDC map Jan. 3 to Jan. 9.
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January 16, 2021 - 1:49 PM

Smaller Southern Interior cities are dealing with higher proportions of COVID-19, according to the Jan. 3 to Jan. 9 map out of the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

00 Mile House, Revelstoke, KettleValley and the South Okanagan are currently hotspots and have more than 20 cases per 100,000. Given the small populations of these areas, the case numbers are much lower than other cities that have found themselves in this position. It's 29 for 100 Mile House, 16 for Revelstoke  9 for Kettle Valley and 43 for the South Okanagan.

Also coping with higher proportions of COVID-19 are Vernon, with 98 cases, Lillooet, with seven cases, and Cariboo/Chilcotin with 31 cases. Those populations are dealing with a 15 to 20 case per 100,000 people.

Merritt had 10 cases, Golden had seven cases and North Thompson had four cases, for a rate of 10 to 15 cases per 100,000 people.

While the disease has moved to different cities, the Central Okanagan seems to be improving.

Once the hotspot for infections, its rate has now dropped to five to 10 per 100,000 and it had 110 cases from Jan. 3 to Jan. 9.

Also in that category was Kamloops with 62 cases, Salmon Arm with 17 cases, Enderby with three cases.

The number of people who have had COVID-19 in B.C. is now 60,117. The number of those vaccinated for the virus is now 75,914, according to a joint statement issued, Jan. 15, by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

There is a short-term delay in the delivery of some of the Pfizer vaccines in the coming weeks as the company upgrades its production facility.

“We are working closely with the federal government to determine how this might impact our immunization rollout in the immediate term,” the statement says.

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