The final COVID-19 numbers for 2021 are in and the North Thompson has reached over 150 cases.
Compared to other local health areas neighbouring the North Thompson, the numbers may look small, but the total number of COVID-19 cases in the LHA in 2020 was just three. Furthermore, from Jan. 1 to July 31, 2021, this same area had just 11 cases of the novel coronavirus.
The North Thompson LHA encompasses everything from Blue River in the north, to just before Little Fort in the south, Clearwater and surrounding area, as well as Wells Gray Park.
Between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1, there were six new cases of COVID-19, half of the prior week’s 12 cases, bringing the total cases on the year to 144 for the North Thompson LHA. Case numbers in the region peaked in November reaching 26 cases from Nov. 14 to 20.
Vaccination rates in Interior Health have stagnated, rising just one per cent over three weeks for first doses, and second doses increasing by a single per cent over four weeks, according to weekly, data released by the BC CDC.
As of Jan. 4, 75 per cent of North Thompson LHA residents aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated (79 per cent are partially vaccinated). Children aged 12 to 17 are 61 per cent vaccinated (65 per cent partially vaccinated). Children aged five to 11 are receiving their first doses and 22 per cent are partially vaccinated.
Adults in the North Thompson LHA aged 18 and older are 76 per cent fully vaccinated (80 per cent partially vaccinated). Those aged 18 to 49 are 69 per cent fully vaccinated (74 per cent partially vaccinated).
Folks aged 50 and older in the North Thompson LHA are 80 per cent fully vaccinated (83 per cent partially vaccinated). Eighty-seven per cent of those aged 70 and older are fully vaccinated (89 per cent partially vaccinated).
As of press time, there are no current exposures or outbreaks in Kamloops-Thompson School District 73.
Immunization clinics are still being held in Clearwater at the local medical health clinic on Park Drive. Those seeking first or second doses and are 12 and older are welcome to walk in, whereas booster shots and children aged five to 11 require an appointment. Clinics or all ages will be held on Jan. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 27, as well as Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.