While Interior Health continues to comprise the majority of new COVID-19 cases, the vast majority of those are concentrated in the Kelowna area, with Kamloops case numbers remaining low.
According to the latest data from the BC Centre for Disease Control, between July 25 and July 31, there were 26 confirmed cases in the local health area.
During that same week, the Central Okanagan local health area (which includes Kelowna) recorded 450 confirmed cases, which is why that area has been placed under increased mask and gathering restrictions.
The Kamloops area had been recording more than 100 cases per week for much of January and February, but has not had a weekly count of 100 or more since the week of Feb. 28 to March 6.
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.
The Kamloops local health area recorded 346 COVID-19 cases in 2020, accounting for about eight per cent of the total cases in Interior Health for the year. There were about 4,000 cases in the entire health region last year.
The Central Okanagan local health area continues to constitute the bulk of new cases in the Interior Health region — 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.
Other notable local health area case count numbers include from July 25 to July 31 include Salmon Arm (20), Vernon (59), Enderby (9) and Nelson (38). There were no new cases recorded in the Merritt or North Thompson local health areas.
Provincewide, the total case count as of Aug. 4 is at 150,973, while 1,772 people have died. There are 1,764 active cases. There are 55 COVID-19 patients in hospital, of whom 23 are in intensive care.
Interior Health has had 14,788 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
As of Aug. 4, there are 945 active cases in the health region. There are 16 people in hospital, 10 of whom are in intensive care There have been a total of 786 people hospitalized in Interior Health during the pandemic, along with 161 deaths.
On the vaccine front, 78 per cent of all people ages 12 and older in the Kamloops local health area have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine and 66 per cent have received their second dose and are fully immunized.
Provincewide, two doses have been administered to 67.9 per cent of everyone eligible to receive the vaccine, while the one-dose rate is 81.5 per cent for everyone age 12 and older.