There were 53 new COVID-19 cases recorded in the Terrace area between Feb. 28 and Mar. 6, 2021. (BC Centre for Disease Control)

There were 53 new COVID-19 cases recorded in the Terrace area between Feb. 28 and Mar. 6, 2021. (BC Centre for Disease Control)

COVID-19: Cases on the rise in Terrace area

Prince Rupert most affected area in the region

There were 53 new COVID-19 cases in the Terrace local health area (LHA) between Feb. 28 and Mar. 6, according to the latest data published by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). That is 22 more cases than the previous week. There are three more case in the Northern Health region with missing address information.

The Terrace (LHA), which includes Kitselas, Thornhill, and Kitsumkalum, continues to have one of the highest average daily rates per 100,000 people in B.C., along with several other LHAs in the northwest.

The Nass Valley also has a high rate per 100,000 people, with six new cases. Those BCCDC figures for the Nass Valley may not match numbers self-reported by the Nisga’a Valley Health Authority (NVHA), due to differences in how the two organizations track cases.

There were 106 new cases in the Prince Rupert LHA, 11 on Haida Gwaii, and 14 in the Kitimat LHA. The province announced it would seek to vaccinate every adult in Prince Rupert by April 1, due to the increasing case counts and transmission in the community.

All of the LHAs in B.C. with an average daily rate of greater than 20 per 100,000 people are in the northwest except for Surrey and Vancouver – Centre North.

The BC Centre for Disease Control has listed two recent flight exposures at the Northwest Regional Airport. Rows three to nine were affected on Air Canada flight 8239 from Terrace to Vancouver on Feb. 28, and there was an exposure notice issued for Air Canada flight 8236 from Vancouver to Terrace on March 4, affecting rows one to seven.

Northern Health has listed a multitude of COVID-19 exposure notices for schools in Terrace on its public exposures and outbreaks webpage.

Skeena Middle School: Feb. 22-26, Mar. 1-2

Caledonia Secondary School: Feb. 24-26, Mar. 1-3

Ecole Mountain View Elementary School: Feb. 25-26

Parkside Secondary School: Feb. 25-26

Thornhill Primary School: Feb. 25-26

Thornhill Elementary School: Feb. 25-26

One person has died in association with the COVID-19 outbreak at Pretivm Resources’ Brucejack Mine north of Stewart. As of March 8, there have been 51 laboratory confirmed cases, and there have been no new cases connected to the outbreak since late February, according to a Northern Health information bulletin.

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