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Interior Health has 16 times the number of COVID cases it had just six weeks ago

The Central Okanagan has faced tougher restrictions because of its high COVID counts.
August 20, 2021 - 7:30 AM

The number of new COVID-19 cases in the Interior Health region was 16 times higher last week than they were at the end of June.

While the Central Okanagan has more than half of those cases, the numbers are up dramatically in many parts of the region.

For the week of Aug. 8-14, there were 1,620 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the Interior Health region, compared to 101 from June 27 to July 3.

Of the new cases last week, 922 were in the Central Okanagan, 57 per cent of the total.

Interior Health has been reporting about half the new cases detected each day in B.C. in recent weeks. An outbreak was called in the Central Okanagan last month and new safety restrictions were imposed.

READ MORE: Bars and nightclubs hardest hit by new COVID restrictions in the Central Okanagan

While the Kamloops Local Health Area was the next hardest hit with 121 new cases, the much smaller Vernon area was close behind with 109 cases.

The data is based on a map posted on the B.C. Centre for Disease Control website.

COVID-19 cases in Local Health Areas from Aug. 8-14.
COVID-19 cases in Local Health Areas from Aug. 8-14.
Image Credit: Submitted/B.C. Centre for Disease Control

Some of the harder hit, smaller areas included Nelson with a whopping 117 cases.

The Cariboo/Chilcotin had 51 cases, Creston had 49 and Salmon Arm had 48.

Closer to home, Penticton had 33 new cases and the South Okanagan 11.

READ MORE: Another day of high COVID case counts in B.C. and Interior Health


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