The numbers keep dropping as the Kamloops local health has recorded the lowest weekly COVID-19 case count this year.
According to the latest data from the BC Centre for Disease Control, between May 16 and May 22, there were 22 confirmed 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, while 63 per cent of those 18 years and older have had one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. For people ages 50 and older, that percentage is 81 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 224 cases in the latest weekly count (up from 185 the week before and 162 the week before that). Other notable local health area numbers include Revelstoke (0), Merritt (3), Penticton (13), Vernon (16) and Salmon Arm (6). The North Thompson local health area, which includes Clearwater, had one confirmed COVID-19 cases between May 16 and May 22.
Provincewide, the total case count as of May 26 is now at 142,886, while 1,683 people have died. There are 3.580 active cases. There are 296 COVID-19 patients in hospital, of which 97 are in intensive care, numbers that are both down from a week ago — 44 fewer hospital patients and 21 fewer people in intensive care.
Interior Health has had 12,161 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which about 1,799 have been in the Kamloops local health area. As of May 26,, there are 485 active cases in the health region, 10 fewer than a week ago, There are 14 people in hospital (five fewer than the previous week), eight of whom are in intensive care (two fewer than the previous week). There have been 150 deaths in Interior Health.
As of May 26, the province had administered 2.98-million doses of vaccine. The population of B.C. is about 5.1 million. There have been 2.73-million tests given in B.C., with the province’s testing rate at 521,860 people per one-million population. The national testing rate is 902,911 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
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.