The latest official data released by the BC Centre for Disease Control shows the continued apparent decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in the South Okanagan Similkameen.
For the first time this year, the number of new weekly cases in the region dropped below 300 to 279, according to the number of tests registered with health authorities.
These numbers do not take into account any rapid at-home tests, which are not automatically logged into the records when they are taken.
The official number of cases in the Penticton local health area dropped from 255 over Jan. 30 to Feb. 5 down to 170 over Feb. 6 to 12.
Cases in the Southern Okanagan local health area also recorded a decline, from 59 over Jan. 30 to Feb. 5 down to 37 over the most recent week.
Princeton had four cases over the most recent week, one less than the week before.
Other health areas in the region saw slight increases in the official number of weekly cases.
Summerland saw 47 cases over the most recent week, up from 41 over the week of Jan. 30 to Feb 5.
Keremeos saw the number of cases more than double, going from nine recorded over the week of Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, up to 21 over the most recent week of data available.
Cases across the province are showing a general decline over recent weeks. The provincial government recently announced that restrictions would be eased, including restrictions on gathering sizes and event capacity.
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