Another week, another record low number of COVID-19 cases this year in the Kamloops local health area.
A week ago, the Kamloops local health recorded the lowest weekly COVID-19 case count this year — at 20. On Wednesday (June 9), the latest data revealed a new, record-low number of weekly cases.
According to the latest data from the BC Centre for Disease Control, between May 30 and June 5, there were 15 confirmed cases. The week before (May 23 to May 29), there were 20 cases. The week before that (May 16 to May 22), there were 22 cases.
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).
In the local health area, the test positivity rate is between two and three per cent.
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 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 115 cases in the latest weekly count (down from 175 the week before and 224 he week before that). Other notable local health area numbers include Revelstoke (0), Merritt (0), Penticton (9) and Vernon (42).
Provincewide, the total case count as of June 9 is now at 145,843, while 1,725 people have died. There are 1,975 active cases. There are 195 COVID-19 patients in hospital, of which 47 are in intensive care, numbers that are both down from the previous weekly reporting period.
Interior Health has had 12,693 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 1,885 have been in the Kamloops local health area through the end of May.
As of June 9, there are 366 active cases in the health region, 42 fewer than the last weekly reporting period. There are 13 people in hospital (two fewer than the previous weekly reporting period), eight of whom are in intensive care (the same number as the previous weekly reporting period). There have been 152 deaths in Interior Health.
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
April 18-April 24: 46
April 25-May 1: 57
May 2-May 8: 33
May 9-May 15: 32
May 16-May 22: 22
May 23-May 29: 20
May 30-June 5: 15
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.