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COVID-19 case counts in Kamloops area continue a yo-yo pattern

The latest weekly report from the BC Centre for Disease Control, spanning from Oct. 3 to Oct. 9, shows 131 new cases in the Kamloops area. That was preceded by weekly case counts of 226, 219 and 158
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Confirmed COVID-19 case counts in the Kamloops local health area continue to bounce up and down from week to week.

The latest weekly report from the BC Centre for Disease Control, spanning from Oct. 3 to Oct. 9, shows 131 new cases in the Kamloops area.

The previous week (Sept. 26 to Oct. 2), there were 226 confirmed cases tallied. The week before that (Sept. 19 to Sept. 25) showed 219 cases, while the week previous to that (Sept. 12 to Sept. 18) saw 158 cases recorded.

In all of 2020, the Kamloops local health area recorded 346 confirmed cases, which accounted for about eight per cent of all cases in Interior Health last year.

The Kamloops local health area has a population of about 117,500 and encompasses an area of 16,500 square kilometres, including Kamloops, Little Fort, Barriere, Sun Peaks, Chase, Westwold, Adams Lake, Anglemont, Savona and Logan Lake.

Elsewhere in Interior Health during the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 9, there were 186 cases in Central Okanagan (which includes Kelowna), 63 cases in Vernon, 10 cases in Enderby, 86 cases in Salmon Arm, six cases in Revelstoke, 24 cases in Merritt and one case in North Thompson.

Interior Health is a massive area that stretches from the B.C.-Alberta border in the east to the Chilcotin in the west, and from just north of Williams Lake in the north to the Canada-U.S. border in the south.

Rising case counts across B.C. has have led to mask mandates for all indoor public spaces and the introduction of a vaccination certificate program.

Unvaccinated people are not permitted to attend various non-essential places, including restaurants, pubs, casinos, gyms, sporting events and concerts.

As of Oct. 13, there are 5,172 active cases in the province, with 850 in Interior Health.

As of Oct. 13, there are 374 infectious COVID-19 patients people in hospital, 153 of whom are in intensive care.

In Interior Health, there are 39 people in hospital, of whom 37 are in intensive care, according to BC Centre for Disease Control data.

There may be many more COVID-19 patients still in hospital, but who are past the infectious stage, but they are not included in the government’s counts.