There were four more cases reported in the North Thompson Local Health Area from Aug. 15 to 21. (BC Centre for Disease Control)

There were four more cases reported in the North Thompson Local Health Area from Aug. 15 to 21. (BC Centre for Disease Control)

Four new COVID-19 cases in North Thompson LHA as numbers continue to rise across Interior

The recent numbers bring the total to eight since the beginning of August

The North Thompson Local Health Area saw four more new cases of COVID-19 from Aug. 15 to 21, according to data released by the BC Centres for Disease Control.

The LHA maps are updated by the BC CDC every Wednesday for the previous week. The total is now eight positive cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of August.

The slight increase in positive cases comes just a couple days after the B.C. Government announced a policy requiring proof of vaccination to enter some, but not all, businesses, including restaurants, sporting events and indoor gatherings such as weddings.

The number of cases across the province has also been steadily increasing, as the province recorded an additional 698 cases on Wednesday, with more than four out of five new infections continuing to be found in people not fully vaccinated. Infections have been spreading most notably in the Interior and Fraser Health regions.

As of Thursday (Aug. 26), 83.5 per cent of eligible British Columbians 12 years and older have received their first dose while 75.4 per cent have received their second dose.

The BC CDC updates the vaccination numbers for LHAs every Tuesday. From Aug. 17 to Aug. 24, the percentage of all those eligible to receive their first dose in the North Thompson LHA remained unchanged at 70. However, the percentage of those aged 12 to 17 and the 18 to 49 group who have their first vaccine dose rose one per cent in the same time period. The 50 and over group remains unchanged.

The number of eligible individuals 12 and over in the North Thompson LHA who have received both doses rose from 62 to 63 per cent from Aug. 17 to Aug. 24.

Interior Health announced seven vaccination clinics in Clearwater over the next several weeks. The first was held Wednesday, Aug. 18 and the next clinic is today (Aug. 26) at the Clearwater Health Centre on Park Drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be five more on Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, at the same location and times. The clinic is closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Appointment are preferred for these clinics as there is limited drop-in capacity. To make an appointment call 1-833-838-2323. The clinics are held for anyone looking to get their first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Those needing their second dose can now receive it as early as 28 days after the first dose.

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