After setting weekly records for new COVID-19 cases in the previous two weeks, the number of confirmed cases in the Kamloops local health area have decreased.
According to data from the BC Centre for Disease Control, there were 158 cases in the local health area between Sept. 12 and Sept. 18. There were 270 cases the week before and 249 cases in each of the two weeks before that.
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 Sept. 12 to Sept. 18, there were 257 cases in the Central Okanagan (which includes Kelowna), 112 cases in Vernon, 11 cases in Nelson, 78 cases in Salmon Arm, 12 cases in Revelstoke, 21 cases in Merritt and five 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.
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 effective Sept. 13. Unvaccinated people are not permitted to attend various non-essential places, including restaurants, pubs, casinos, gyms, sporting events and concerts.
As of Sept. 22, there are 5,458 active cases in the province, with 1,744 in Fraser Health, 1,223 in Interior Health, 877 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 943 in Northern Health and 636 in Island Health.
As of Sept. 22, there are 324 people in hospital, 157 of whom are in intensive care. In Interior Health, there are 53 people in hospital, the vast majority of whom — 51 — are in intensive care, according to BC Centre for Disease Control data.