A week ago, the Kamloops local health recorded the lowest weekly COVID-19 case count this year.
On Wednesday (June 2), 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 23 and May 29, there were 20 confirmed cases. The week before (May 16 to May 22), there were 22 cases. The week before (May 9 to May 15), there were 32 cases. The week before that (May 2 to May 8), there were 33 confirmed 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 2.5 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 175 cases in the latest weekly count (down from 224 the week before and 185 he week before that). Other notable local health area numbers include Revelstoke (1), Merritt (5), Penticton (6) and Vernon (57). The Salmon Arm and North Thompson local health areas recorded no cases between May 23 and May 29.
Provincewide, the total case count as of June 2 is now at 144,667, while 1,707 people have died. There are 2,662 active cases. There are 246 COVID-19 patients in hospital, of which 70 are in intensive care, numbers that are both down from a week ago — 50 fewer hospital patients and 27 fewer people in intensive care.
Interior Health has had 12,454 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which about 1,819 have been in the Kamloops local health area. As of June 2, there are 408 active cases in the health region, 77 fewer than a week ago, There are 15 people in hospital (one more than the previous week), eight of whom are in intensive care (the same number as the previous week). There have been 151 deaths in Interior Health.
As of June 2, the province had administered 3.37-million doses of vaccine. The population of B.C. is about 5.1 million. There have been 2.78-million tests given in B.C., with the province’s testing rate at 530,131 people per one-million population. The national testing rate is 917,317 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
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
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.