BC CDC map showing geographic breakdown of cases in the province. (BC CDD photo)

BC CDC map showing geographic breakdown of cases in the province. (BC CDD photo)

1 new case of COVID in Golden area

BC CDC reporting that 5 per cent of youth aged 5-11 in Golden have received their first dose

The BC CDC is reporting one new case of COVID-19 in the Golden area for the week of Nov. 28 to Dec. 4.

Revelstoke saw two new cases, while Windermere has once again seen cases balloon, with 14 new cases reported, giving the highest case rate in the Elk Valley.

Kimberley saw nine cases, Cranbrook ten, and Fernie three.

According to the BC CDC, case rates continue to decline provincially, with test positivity also declining.

New hospitalizations and hospital census are also beginning to decline provincially.

The Delta variant continues to account for almost 100 per cent of all cases in B.C., with the new Omicron variant being discovered in the province, with five cases of the variant discovered so far, although none have produced serious illness.

Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, has said that some of the mutations detected show a potential for greater transmissibility, and could reduce natural immunity as well as the immunity offered by vaccines.

To date, there is no indication that Omicron causes more severe disease.

The majority of new cases and hospitalizations continue to be among unvaccinated individuals.

Over the past month, unvaccinated individuals accounted for 19 per cent of the population but 56 per cent of cases, 69 per cent of hospitalizations, and 80 per cent of critical care admissions.

Based on data over the last four weeks, compared with fully vaccinated individuals, unvaccinated individuals are eight times more likely to get sick, 32 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 52 times more likely to be admitted to critical care.

In Golden, 94 per cent of population over the age of 12 have a first dose of the vaccine, and 89 per cent have their second dose.

Vaccination is underway for children 5 to 11 years, with 5 per cent youth in that age bracket in Golden getting their first dose.

Booster shots will be available for those 18+ starting in January, with Interior Health planning on bringing back the whole community approach to help speed up the process.

The fastest option to secure an appointment is to register online at the government of BC website.

Invitations to book vaccines will be sent out to parents who have registered their children in the Get Vaccinated system in the order in which they signed up.

Parents may also call ImmunizeBC at 1-833-838-2323 to register their children or book an appointment over the phone.