Confirmed COVID-19 case counts in the Kamloops local health area again decreased in the latest weekly count.
The latest report from the BC Centre for Disease Control, spanning from Nov. 14 to Nov. 20 shows 92 new cases in the Kamloops area.
Recent weekly tallies:
• Nov, 14 to Nov. 20: 92 new cases
• Nov. 7 to Nov. 13: 132 new cases
• Oct. 31 to Nov. 6: 142 new cases
• Oct. 24 to Oct. 30: 131 new cases
• Oct. 17 to Oct. 23: 145 new cases
• Oct. 10 to Oct. 16: 118 new cases
• Oct. 3 to Oct. 9: 131 new cases
• Sept. 26 to Oct. 2: 226 cases
• Sept. 19 to Sept. 25: 219 cases
• Sept. 12 to Sept. 18: 158 cases
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 Nov. 14 to Nov. 20, there were 140 cases in Central Okanagan (which includes Kelowna), 44 cases in Vernon, 20 cases in Enderby, 37 cases in Salmon Arm, no cases in Revelstoke, two cases in Merritt and 26 cases 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.
In the Kamloops local health area as of Nov. 23, 85 per cent of all eligible people ages 12 and older have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 89 per cent have received their first of two doses. About nine per cent have received their third dose.
Rising case counts across B.C. has 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 Nov, 24, there are 3.015 active cases in the province, with 606 in Interior Health.
There are 318 infectious COVID-19 patients people in hospital, 109 of whom are in intensive care. In Interior Health, there are 57 people in hospital, of whom 26are in intensive care.
Hospitalization numbers are likely higher since the province recently revealed patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 are removed from the tally once they are no longer infectious, even though they may remain in hospital for treatment due to contracting the disease.
British Columbia has a population of about 5.1 million people. To date, there have been 216,334 confirmed COVID-19 cases, equalling about four per cent of the population. To date, there have been 2,313 deaths and 12,171.