The weekly COVID-19 casemap for Sept. 26 to Oct. 4. (BC CDC)

The weekly COVID-19 casemap for Sept. 26 to Oct. 4. (BC CDC)

Close to a 3rd of all COVID-19 cases in Penticton come over last 5 weeks

South Okanagan Similkameen experience more cases recently than since pandemic began

The number of new COVID-19 cases across the South Okanagan Similkameen dropped over the last week, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control.

The region saw 74 cases over Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, down from the 114 the week before. Those cases are still enough to make the last five weeks some of the worst for the region since the pandemic began.

The largest drops were in the Penticton local health area, which dropped from 69 cases over Sept. 18 to 25, down to 48 cases over Sept. 26 to Oct. 8, and in the Southern Okanagan local health area, which dropped from 33 to 20 cases.

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The Keremeos local health area saw only a single new COVID-19 case over the last week, down from five the week before, while the Princeton local health area dropped from three cases to one.

The recent case numbers have contributed greatly to the total number of cases since the pandemic began.

In the Penticton local health area, almost a third of all of the cases have been recorded in the last five weeks.

From Aug. 29 to Oct. 4, there were 286 cases recorded, out of the 978 total since the pandemic began.

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Other regions in Interior Health are also experiencing similar record numbers. Cranbrook saw over a quarter of its total cases in the last three weeks, while Trail saw a third in just the last two with 74 cases this reporting period alone.

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