For the fourth straight week, the North Thompson Local Health Area has seen at least two new positive cases of COVID-19.
The LHA, which covers communities from Blackpool to the south to Blue River to the north, saw three more COVID-19 cases from Aug. 22 to 28, according to a map released by the BC Centres for Disease Control, updated Wednesday, Sept. 1.
The LHA maps are updated by the BC CDC every Wednesday for the previous week. Cases are mapped according to place of residence, meaning a positive case in the North Thompson LHA could’ve been contracted outside the LHA boundary.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the North Thompson LHA has recorded 25 cases of COVID-19. Eleven positive cases have been recorded since the beginning of August – a spike compared to the total of 14 cases from January 2020 to July 2021.
Interior and Fraser Health led the province in positive cases on Friday, Sept. 3, as each recorded 230 new cases, bringing the totals to 1,689 and 1,965 respectively. There were also three new deaths in the Interior Health region.
More recent numbers were not available at press time. Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Teresa Tam said it is critical to get 80 per cent of all eligible Canadians fully vaccinated as soon as possible. It nows sits at about 70 per cent.
The Public Health Agency of Canada’s new modelling said if the current rate of transmission remains the same, Canada could see more than 15,000 cases a day by the beginning of October. As of Sept. 3, that number is 4,161.
– with files from Canadian Press