The Kamloops local health area has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases, with 68 confirmed cases reported between Dec. 27 and Jan. 2.
In 2020, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, the Kamloops local health area recorded 346 COVID-19 cases. The Interior Health region has registered 4,310 cases as of Jan. 6. The Kamloops local health area has recorded about eight per cent of all IH cases.
The BC Centre for Disease Control releases local health area statistics weekly, with the Kamloops local health area registering case numbers in the 20s in the weeks before the latest data was released.
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.
Adjacent local health areas, and their Dec. 27 to Jan.2 case counts, include: North Thompson (0), 100 Mile (8), Salmon Arm (4), Vernon (76), Merritt (9) and South Cariboo (1).
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix are holding a technical briefing on Jan. 7 at 1:30 p.m. to discuss changes being made to daily data reporting.