Case counts of COVID-19 in the Kamloops local health area continue to resemble a yo-yo — up one week and down the next, and repeat.
The most recent weekly count have seen case counts plummet from the previous week. Between April 11 to April 17, there were 44 confirmed cases. The week before (April 4 to April 10), there were 96 cases. That followed a week (March 28 to April 3) in which 48 cases were recorded.
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 (see table below).
Since Jan. 1, there have been more than 25,000 people tested in the Kamloops local health area, which has a population of about 117,500. The Kamloops local health area 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 Central Okanagan local health area, which includes Kelowna, 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.
Central Okanagan had 242 cases in the latest weekly count. Other notable local health area numbers include Revelstoke (11), Merritt (7), Penticton (28), Vernon (41) and Salmon Arm (13). The North Thompson local health area, which includes Clearwater, had no confirmed COVID-19 cases between April 11 and April 17.
Provincewide, the case count as of April 22 is now at 122,757, while 1,550 people have died.
There are 502 COVID-19 patients in hospital — the most ever — of which 161 are in intensive care.
Interior Health has had 10,365 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which about 1,641 have been in the Kamloops local health area. There are 32 people in hospital, 11 of whom are in intensive care. There have been 124 deaths in Interior Health.
As of April 21, the province had administered 1.46-million doses of vaccine. The population of B.C. is about 5.1 million. There have been 2.43-million tests given in B.C., with the province’s testing rate at 462,603 people per one-million population. The national testing rate is 793,800 people per one-million population.
By the numbers in the Kamloops local health region COVID-19 cases:
Jan. 3-9: 62
Jan. 10-16: 97
Jan. 17-23: 124
Jan. 24-30: 117
Jan. 31-Feb. 6: 161
Feb. 7-Feb. 13: 116
Feb. 14-Feb. 20: 78
Feb. 21-Feb. 27: 124
Feb. 28-March 6: 100
March 7-March 13: 42
March 14-March 20: 56
March 21-March 27: 30
March 28-April 3: 48
April 4-April 10: 96
April 11-April 17: 44
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.