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Thompson and Okanagan hold COVID-19 infection rates down over two weeks

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October 04, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Much of Interior Health’s coverage area is faring well when it comes to keeping COVID-19 infection rates under control.

In the latest COVID-19 distribution map released by the BCCDC, The Okanagan, Thompson Cariboo Similkameen, Kootenay Boundary and East Kootenay are reporting an infection rate in the 0.1 to 10 per 100,000 population for the last two weeks.

From Sept. 18 to Oct. 1, the Okanagan has seen 15 cases, in Thompson Cariboo Similkameen there have been 12 cases, in Kootenay Boundary, there’s been one case and in East Kootenay there’s been 8.

While things are looking up in the Interior, conditions have also improved in Northern B.C. and in some Lower Mainland areas, particularly Richmond.

In the latest report, the BCCDC said the province continues to experience a high number of COVID-19 cases with an increasing number of hospitalizations.

Provincewide, the number of new cases reported this week was 677, which is down from  880 last week.

The number of active cases is also down to  1,261, from 1,371 the week before.

“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,” the BCCDC reported.

“Case counts in most age groups have decreased this week, with the exception of the 10-19 and 50-59 years age groups.”

The number of new hospital admissions, according to the BCCDC, by day has stabilized in the past two weeks; however, the number of cases currently in hospitals has increased over the past four days.

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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