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Kelowna and area was a COVID-19 hotspot in December

COVID-19 map for December 2020.
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January 12, 2021 - 6:30 AM

The Central Okanagan had 2,289 cases of COVID-19 throughout 2020, making it one of the Southern Interior’s pandemic hotspots, recent data shows. 

The area that spans Peachland to Lake Country had a rate of infection of 900 to 1,200 per 100,000. The only other areas within the Interior Health region reflecting a similar rate were Kettle Valley,  which had 43 cases and Revelstoke which had 106 cases.

It also indicates that while the pandemic hit the Okanagan’s biggest city the hardest, it wasn't alone in dealing with the increase.

In Vernon there were 277 cases, Enderby had 31 cases, Golden had 32 and Penticton had 205 and giving all a rate of 300 to 600 per 100,000.

Kamloops on the other hand, fared much better reporting 346 cases for the entire month. It, like most other cities and towns in the area, reported a 0.1 to 300 rate of COVID-19 per 100,000.

Throughout December there were significant restrictions against socializing, though health officials have since expressed concern that rules were flouted. A better understanding of what that means should be clear in the week ahead.

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