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Increase in Interior Health region COVID-19 cases concentrated in Oliver, Central Okanagan

A COVID-19 outbreak at McKinney Place Extended Care facility in Oliver sparked a spike in the number of cases in the South Okanagan last week.
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December 17, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Detailed mapping of new COVID-19 cases in the Interior Health region show a significant increase in both the Central and South Okanagan.

The map shows case numbers in 31 local health areas in the Interior Health region. It was updated yesterday, Dec. 16, and contains data for the week ending Saturday, Dec. 12.

That was before the cluster at Big White Ski Resort jumped to 60 people on Monday from just two on Sunday. Still, the Kettle Valley region that includes Big White, Rock Creek, Midway and Greenwood shows 11 new cases that week versus no cases the week before.

READ MORE: More COVID-19 cases expected as testing continues at Big White

The biggest increase was in the South Okanagan health area which went from nine to 54 cases of the virus. That’s largely due to the outbreak at the McKinney Place Extended Care facility in Oliver that reported 41 cases on Dec. 11. That had grown to 57 by yesterday, Dec. 16.

The Central Okanagan is not broken down by city in the mapping but the region did show an increase of 35 cases. It had 349 of the Interior Health region’s 566 cases last week, which is an 88 case increase over the previous week.

The number of new cases in Vernon rose to 36 from 21 while Penticton dropped to 34 from 50.

Kamloops also saw a decrease to 21 from 26 cases the week before.

Revelstoke, where a cluster of cases affected 70 people a couple of weeks ago, showed only one new case in the past week.

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

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