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Kamloops matches previous record-setting week with 249 cases of COVID-19

Vaccination rates vary within the city, with 80 to 88 per cent partially vaccinated and 72 to 80 per cent fully vaccinated
Data from the BCCDC shows Kamloops with 249 cases between Aug. 29 and Sept. 4, tying the record number of cases seen the week prior.

Kamloops has matched the previous week's record high of 249 cases of COVID-19 within the local health area.

The week of Aug. 29 to Sept. 4 is the third consecutive week the city and nearby surrounding area has been at its highest-ever levels.

The data, released weekly by the BC Centre for Disease Control, shows case counts within local health areas (LHAs). Kamloops' local region has approximately 130,000 people living within its borders and also includes Barriere, Chase, Lac Le Jeune, Logan Lake, Pritchard, Scotch Creek and Sun Peaks.

Transmission continues to be driven primarily by those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. On Wednesday, the province reported that over the past week, nearly 78 per cent of all cases were among those not fully vaccinated, with 69.2 per cent unvaccinated, 8.6 per cent partially vaccinated.

Hospitalization figures are more pronounced, with 79 per cent unvaccinated, 6.9 per cent partially vaccinated and 14.2 per cent fully vaccinated, among the 233 patients hospitalized between Aug. 24 and Sept. 6.

The latest BCCDC data shows high case rates in most of the southern and central Interior of the province, with 18 of the 31 LHAs within Interior Health reporting daily case rates higher than 20 per 100,000 people.

Vaccination rates in Kamloops vary by area of the city, which is divided into north and south, separated by the Thompson River.

In Kamloops Centre North, 80 per cent of residents age 12 and older had received one dose and 72 per cent had received both doses as of Wednesday.

In Kamloops Centre South, 88 per cent had one dose and 80 per cent had both doses among the same age group.

While local hospitalization numbers have not been made available, the BCCDC says there are currently 63 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Interior Health hospitals, with 44 of those patients in ICUs.