Case counts of COVID-19 in the Kamloops local health continue to remain, relative to the Okanagan and Lower Mainland areas, with the latest weekly number nearly half of the week before.
According to the latest data from the BC Centre for Disease Control, between May 2 and May 8, there were 33 confirmed cases. The week before (April 25 and May 1), there were 57 confirmed cases. The week before that (April 18 to April 24), there were 46 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).
As of May 7, there have been 42,003 first doses and 2,103 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in the Kamloops local health area. The test positivity rate between May 4 and May 10 in the are was between two and three 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 162 cases in the latest weekly count (down from 174 the week before and 215 the week before that). Other notable local health area numbers include Revelstoke (1), Merritt (1), Penticton (15), Vernon (22) and Salmon Arm (9). The North Thompson local health area, which includes Clearwater, had no confirmed COVID-19 cases between May 2 and May 8.
Provincewide, the case count as of May 12 is now at 137,223, while 1,627 people have died.
There are 423 COVID-19 patients in hospital, of which 141 are in intensive care, numbers that are both down from a week ago.
Interior Health has had 11,529 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which about 1,777 have been in the Kamloops local health area. There are 26 people in hospital, 10 of whom are in intensive care. There have been 141 deaths in Interior Health.
As of May 12, the province had administered 2.28-million doses of vaccine. The population of B.C. is about 5.1 million. There have been 2.63-million tests given in B.C., with the province’s testing rate at 501,411 people per one-million population. The national testing rate is 864,811 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: 46
April 25-May 1: 57
May 2-May 8: 33
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.