Confirmed case counts of COVID-19 crept up during the latest weekly tabulation.
In the latest weekly count, March 28 to April 3, there were 48 confirmed cases in the Kamloops local health area, an increase from 30 cases the week before, but still fewer than earlier this year.
The Kamloops area had been recording more than 100 cases per week for much of January and February (see table below).
The Central Okanagan local health area, which includes Kelowna, constitutes 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 214 cases in the latest weekly count. Other notable local health area numbers include Revelstoke (25), Windemere (24), Vernon (33) and Salmon Arm (11). The North Thompson local health area, which includes Clearwater, had no confirmed COVID-19 cases between March 28 and April 3.
But just how the case count in the Kamloops local health area corresponds with total tests and what that positive testing rate is locally is a question KTW has posed to Interior Health.
Provincewide, the case count as of April 7 is now at 106,985, with with the vast majority of those infections being recorded in the Fraser (61,164) and Vancouver Coastal (25,506) health regions.
Interior Health has had 9,083 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which about 1,500 have been in the Kamloops local health area.
In B.C., there are 330 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 105 of whom are in intensive care.
As of April 6 (data on the BC Centre for Disease Control has not been updated with April 7 numbers as of this writing), there were 678 active cases in Interior Health, with 21 people in hospital, eight of whom are in intensive care.
There have been 1,491 COVID-19 related deaths in B.C., including 116 in Interior Health.
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 area has a a population of 117,500 and a population density of seven people per square kilometre.
There have been 2.25-million tests given in B.C., with the province’s testing rate at 428,063 people per one-million population. The national testing rate is 735,327 people per one-million population.
As of April 6, the province had administered 946,096 doses of vaccine.
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
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.