Case counts of COVID-19 in the Kamloops local health area remained stable during the most recent week of statistics.
Between April 18 to April 24, there were 46 confirmed cases. The week before (April 11 to April 17), there were 44 cases. The week before that (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).
From Jan. 1 through the first week of April, there had 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 215 cases in the latest weekly count. Other notable local health area numbers include Revelstoke (7), Merritt (3), Penticton (30), Vernon (36) and Salmon Arm (20). The North Thompson local health area, which includes Clearwater, had no confirmed COVID-19 cases between April 18 and April 24.
Provincewide, the case count as of April 28 is now at 127,889, while 1,576 people have died.
There are 515 COVID-19 patients in hospital — the most ever — of which 171 are in intensive care.
Interior Health has had 10,834 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which about 1,687 have been in the Kamloops local health area. There are 36 people in hospital, 120 of whom are in intensive care. There have been 130 deaths in Interior Health.
As of April 28, the province had administered 1.7-million doses of vaccine. The population of B.C. is about 5.1 million. There have been 2.5-million tests given in B.C., with the province’s testing rate at 475,837 people per one-million population. The national testing rate is 817,371 people per one-million population.
By the numbers in the Kamloops local health region
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
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.