Confirmed case counts of COVID-19 are rising in the Kamloops local health area.
In the latest weekly count, April 4 to April 10, there were 96 confirmed cases in the Kamloops local health area, an increase from 48 cases the week before and the most in the past five weeks.
The Kamloops area had been recording more than 100 cases per week for much of January and February (see table below).
Since Jan. 1, there have been about 25,000 people tested in the Kamloops local health area, which has a population of about 117,500.
The Kamloops local health area 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, constitutes 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 288 cases in the latest weekly count. Other notable local health area numbers include Revelstoke (21), Windemere (34), Vernon (56) and Salmon Arm (13). The North Thompson local health area, which includes Clearwater, had one confirmed COVID-19 case between April 4 and April 10.
Provincewide, the case count as of April 14 is now at 114,870 with with the vast majority of those infections being recorded in the Fraser (65,548) and Vancouver Coastal (28,603) health regions.
Interior Health has had 9,771 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which about 1,597 have been in the Kamloops local health area. There are 944 active cases in Interior Health, with 22 people in hospital, nine of whom are in intensive care. There have been 120 deaths in Interior Health.
In B.C., there are 397 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 120 of whom are in intensive care.
There have been 1,521 COVID-19 related deaths in B.C.
There have been 2.35-million tests given in B.C., with the province’s testing rate at 448,514 people per one-million population. The national testing rate is 769,666 people per one-million population.
As of April 14, the province had administered 1.190-million doses of vaccine. The population of B.C. is about 5.1 million.
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
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.