The Kamloops local health area saw 97 new cases of COVID-19 from Jan. 10 to Jan. 16. That figure, reported by the BC Centre for Disease Control, is the highest to date.
The local health area spans some 16,500 square kilometres and has a population of 117,500 people. In addition to Kamloops, it also includes Little Fort, Barriere, Sun Peaks, Chase, Westwold, Adams Lake, Anglemont, Savona and Logan Lake.
Nearby health areas are also seeing or sustaining increased case counts, including 100 Mile (24 new cases), Revelstoke (16), Merritt (15), Salmon Arm (36), Vernon (59) and Cariboo/Chilcotin (140), where a COVID-19 cluster has been declared by Interior Health.
Interior Health says 215 cases have been identified in Cariboo/Chilcotin since Jan. 1, most of which are in Williams Lake, stemming from social events and gatherings there.
The Interior Health region, as a whole, currently has 1,067 active cases, with 30 in hospital and seven of those patients in critical care.