Terrace continued to lead northwest B.C. in new COVID-19 cases for the sixth week in a row, recording 91 cases between Nov. 14 to Nov. 20. That figure is up from 63 the week before.
Kitimat reported nine new cases, and Prince Rupert had one, according to British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) data.
Meanwhile, Smithers saw 22 new cases in its Local Health Area (LHA). There were two new cases on Haida Gwaii and nine in the Nisga’a LHA. There were three new cases in the Snow Country – Stikine – Telegraph Creek LHA.
According to the BCCDC, Terrace has hit 80 per cent of eligible people fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The only LHA in Northern Health with a rate higher than the province-wide average of 87.4 per cent on Nov. 24 is Kitimat at 94 per cent.
The Nov. 23 two-dose list below has the per cent change from the previous week in brackets:
Kitimat – 94 per cent (+1)
Nisga’a – 86 per cent (+1)
Haida Gwaii – 85 per cent (+0)
Prince Rupert – 84 per cent (+1)
Snow Country – Stikine – Telegraph Creek – 82 per cent (+1)
Terrace – 81 per cent (+1)
Upper Skeena – 78 per cent (+1)
Smithers – 74 per cent (+1)
From Nov. 16-22, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 58.1% of cases. From Nov. 9-22, they accounted for 69.2% of hospitalizations – that’s out of the 13% of people aged 12 and older in B.C. who remain without two doses of vaccine.
A program is underway to deliver booster doses starting with people aged 70 and up.
More than 90,000 B.C. children aged five to 11 have already been registered for COVID-19 vaccinations, as distribution of a special child-size dose gets underway to community clinics around the province.
There are about 350,000 B.C. children eligible for the child vaccine, which is one third of an adult dose, and they will mostly be immunized at community clinics, with some schools to be used outside of school hours.
—With files from Tom Fletcher