Through the first 10 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been 61,446 confirmed cases in British Columbia, as of Jan. 18.
Of those, about 8.5 per cent — or 5,313 cases — have been recorded in the Interior Health region.
And, of those 5,313 cases in Interior Health, about 7.5 per cent — or a little more than 400 cases — have occurred in the Kamloops local health area.
(There are overlaps in data, with 346 confirmed cases in the Kamloops local health area in 2020, and 68 between Dec. 27 and Jan. 2, followed by another 62 between Jan. 3 and Jan.9.)
The Kamloops local health area encompasses an area of 16,500 square kilometres, with a population of 117,500 and a population density of seven people per square kilometre. The area includes Kamloops, Little Fort, Barriere, Sun Peaks, Chase, Westwold, Adams Lake, Anglemont, Savona and Logan Lake.
While Interior Health’s COVID-19 case count is still far behind that in Fraser Health (37,806) and Vancouver Coastal (14,009), the Interior has seen an upward trend in cases in recent weeks, while the other two health authorities are experiencing a levelling off of COVID-19 numbers.
As of Jan, 18, there have been 1,078 deaths in B.C., with 343 people in hospital, 68 of whom are in intensive care.
In Interior Health, there have been 50 deaths, with 38 people in hospital, 10 of whom are in intensive care. There are 1,058 active cases in IH. To date, there have been 272 people in Interior Health hospitalized due to COVID-19.
There are 11 outbreaks in the Interior Health region.