Number of new weekly COVID-19 cases still falling in the Okanagan

New local cases still falling

New weekly cases of COVID-19 continue to drop significantly in the Okanagan and across much of the Interior, while numbers slowly creep up in the Lower Mainland.

New detailed geographic data released by the BC CDC shows just 36 new COVID-19 cases were identified in the Central Okanagan between Feb. 14 and 20, almost half the weekly cases the region saw the week prior.

This continues the downward trend in new weekly cases in the Central Okanagan since hitting a high of 349 in early December.

While the Penticton region saw just three new cases last week, the South Okanagan, which includes Oliver and Osoyoos, had 10.

To the north, the Vernon region had nine new cases last week, down two from the week prior, while Salmon Arm had eight new cases, down from 14 the week before.

Between Feb. 7 and 13, the Revelstoke region had 22 new cases, but the following week, the region recorded just four new cases.

The decreasing trend has also been seen in the Kamloops region, which saw 78 new cases, down from 116 the week prior.

During Thursday's press conference, Health Minister Adrian Dix acknowledged the efforts people in the Interior have made to bring case counts down.

“We saw in the post-Christmas period a significant increase in cases in the Interior Health authority at times, both in cases and in hospitalizations, and we've seen that come down in terms of active cases, in terms of the number of daily cases,” Dix said.

“It shows that when we act together as communities we can reduce transmission and Interior Health has shown that in the last couple weeks.”

Twenty-four people in the Interior remain hospitalized with COVID-19.

But while it's largely great news in the Interior, the new data shows weekly cases continuing to rise in the Lower Mainland.

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