COVID-19 cases rise again in Kamloops health area

The area recorded 124 cases of the disease between Feb. 21 and Feb. 27. The Kamloops local health area area includes Kamloops, Little Fort, Barriere, Sun Peaks, Chase, Westwold, Adams Lake, Anglemont, Savona and Logan Lake.

COVID-19 cases in the Kamloops local health area:

2020: 346
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

Kamloops remains an Interior hotspot for COVID-19 transmission, with 124 new cases emerging in the local health area in the final week of February.

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The local health area has the second-most cases in the Interior on a per capita basis, with between 10.1 and 15 cases per 100,000, compared to Merritt, which saw more than 20 cases per 100,000 from Feb. 21 to Feb. 27.

The Kamloops local health area area includes Kamloops, Little Fort, Barriere, Sun Peaks, Chase, Westwold, Adams Lake, Anglemont, Savona and Logan Lake.

It encompasses an area of 16,500 square kilometres, with a population of 117,500 and a population density of seven people per square kilometre.

Surrounding areas have far fewer cases, including Salmon Arm (3), Revelstoke (1), South Cariboo (1), North-Thompson (1), Vernon (15), Merritt (19) and the Central Okanagan (42).

From January 2020 to January 2021, Kamloops saw 774 cases of COVID-19.

Three active outbreaks in the city have not shown any recent growth. None have had any new cases reported since Feb. 16.

At Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre, the oldest outbreak in the city declared on Jan. 13, there have been 32 cases among 24 staff and eight residents. Two deaths have been associated with the outbreak.

The outbreak at Highridge Home and Singh House, a group home in the Parkcrest area, has seen 13 cases, affecting five residents and eight staff.

At Westsyde Care Residences, there have been 30 cases affecting 17 residents and 13 staff, with two deaths associated with the outbreak.

The Interior Health region has 368 active cases as of Wednesday. The region's seven-day moving average for new cases stands at 31 per day — down significantly from mid-January, when the region peaked at a seven-day moving average of 88.7 cases per day.

The health region has 17 people currently in hospital, with seven of those patients in critical care. To date, 104 Interior Health residents have died due to COVID-19.

Vaccinations continue in Interior Health, with a total of 40,953 doses administered as of Wednesday.


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