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Interior Health has nearly 60 per cent of B.C.'s active COVID-19 cases

The outbreak in the Central Okanagan has sharply driven up the health region's numbers, and more recent local data is not expected until mid-next week
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Data from July 18 to July 24 shows the bulk of the interior's cases coming from the Central Okanagan, although a strong uptick in cases in Castlegar also appeared in the latest weekly update from the BC Centre for Disease Control.

There were 107 new cases in Interior Health reported on Thursday, making up more than half of the province's 204 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Recent cases in Interior Health have been primarily in Kelowna and the Central Okanagan, where an outbreak was declared by provincial health officials on Wednesday.

As a result of the outbreak, which applies only to the Central Okanagan local health area, a number of measures have been taken to help lower transmission. Measures include a mask mandate for public indoor spaces, travel recommendations to not travel into or out of the area and more oversight and enforcement for businesses.

From July 18 to July 24, the Central Okanagan saw 153 cases. Kamloops, meanwhile, saw 29 cases. Region-specific data is only available once per week, and further data is expected on Wednesday, Aug. 4.

Elsewhere in the province, there were 58 new cases in Fraser Health, 23 in Vancouver Coastal Health, two in Northern Health and 14 in Island Health.

Interior Health takes the lion's share of active cases, with 600 of 1,055 total active cases in B.C.

In hospital, across B.C., there are currently 51 patients, with 20 of those in intensive care units.

Vaccinations continue to improve, with B.C.'s first-dose rate up to 81 per cent on Thursday for everyone age 12 and older. The second dose rate is 64.1 per cent.