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Okanagan keeps COVID-19 levels under control in latest report, while most of B.C. sees increases

COVID-19 map for the week of Sept. 25.
Image Credit: BCCDC
September 27, 2020 - 4:39 PM

Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise at a high rate throughout the province, but in the most recent report from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control shows the Okanagan continues to keep its rate of infection among the lowest in the province.

In the last 14 days, the Okanagan has had 15 cases, which amounts to a rate of .1 to five per 100,000. Since the start of the pandemic the Okanagan has had 339 cases.

Thompson-Cariboo-Similkameen, on the other hand, has seen an uptick in recent days, reporting 19 cases in the last two weeks and a rate of 5.1 to 10 per 100,000. It’s had 121 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Kootenay Boundary has seen eight cases in the last two weeks and 27 since the start of the pandemic.

While the numbers indicate that the Okanagan is succeeding at keeping numbers under control, an outbreak was announced this weekend relating to a Sept. 13 and Sept. 20 Calvary church service.

Currently, the number of cases related to that remains at five but there is potential for more.

In the meantime,  the Lower Mainland continues to struggle to slow its rate of infection.

The BCCDC map shows the Lower Mainland awash in red, with Fraser South reporting 503 cases in the last two weeks, Fraser North with 187, Vancouver with 441, Richmond with 56 and North Shore Coast Garibaldi with 126 cases.

Throughout B.C. the number of new cases reported this week increased by 880, compared to 833 the previous week.

The number of active cases is now at 1,371 which is a decrease from 1,705 last week.

“The most likely source of infection remains contact with a local case or cluster, with a large proportion of recent cases still pending exposure information,” reads the report.

“The median age of cases has decreased since the beginning of the pandemic (from) 55 years down to 38 years.”

Case counts in most age groups have increased this week, with the exception of the 20 to 29, 30 to 39 years, and 50 to 59 years age groups.

“The number of new hospital admissions has stabilized in recent weeks with the number of cases currently in hospital similar to the numbers observed in early May,” according to the report.

“The number of cases currently in critical care is also stabilizing and is still much lower than counts observed in phase 1.”

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