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COVID-19 cases continue to mount in B.C.'s Interior

The BCCDC's latest case match.
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January 24, 2021 - 8:00 PM

Smaller B.C. cities continue to see growth in COVID-19 case counts as larger urban hubs show signs of getting the pandemic under control.

According to the Jan. 10 to 16 case map from the BCCDC, the Central Okanagan had 139 new cases of COVID-19, which is a rate of 5.1 to 10 per 100,000 population.

Nearby, Vernon had 59 cases, Salmon Arm had 36, Kettle Valley had four,  the South Okanagan (excluding Penticton) had 19, Fernie had 20 and  Kamloops had 97. All of those tallies amount to a rate of 10 to 15 per 100,000 population.

Penticton had 11 cases, Arrow Lake had one, Nelson had two and Golden had one, all for a rate of 0.1 to five cases per 100,000 population.

There are also a growing number of towns with no cases, including Kootenay Lake, Kimberly, Creston and North Thompson are among them.

Seeing the highest proportion of case counts within Interior Health are Revelstoke with 16 cases, 100 Mile with 24 cases and Cariboo Childcoltin with 140. They all are facing a rate of infection that is more than 20 per 100,000 population.

The next update is on Monday.

“We need to remember our risk remains high right now, even as we protect more and more people with the vaccine,” a statement from Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry read on Friday. “We are not at the point where we can lift restrictions in our community or long-term care.”

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