COVID-19 cases in Kamloops spike, return to levels not seen since May

Kamloops cases nearly triple

The number of new cases of COVID-19 in the Kamloops region nearly tripled last week, reaching a level not seen since early May.

According to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, 29 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the Kamloops local health area between July 18 and July 24, the most recent period for which there is data.

The number represents a sharp increase, up from 11 the previous week and six the week before that.

Twenty-nine cases in a week puts the city back in line with where things were in May, when the local health area averaged about 27 new cases per week.

Between May 30 and July 17, the region averaged less than 10 new cases per week.

COVID-19 case counts in Kamloops peaked early this year, when the region averaged 120 new cases per week over a six-week period between Jan. 17 and Feb. 27.

In the Kelowna area, health officials declared a regional COVID-19 outbreak this week and reimposed a mask mandate. The Central Okanagan local health area recorded 153 new cases of the disease last week.

The Kamloops local health area includes the city as well as Sun Peaks, Logan Lake, Chase, Savona and Barriere.

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