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

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

2 new cases of COVID in Golden

New cases continue to be seen at a higher rate in unvaccinated individuals

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Golden area for the week of Oct. 17-23, according to the BC CDC. It’s a slight increase from the week prior, where only one new case was reported .

Elsewhere in the Elk Valley, cases have seen a slight increase, with 10 in Windermere region, eight in Fernie, two in Kimberley and 30 in Cranbrook. Across Rogers Pass, Revelstoke saw six new cases.

Test positivity rates are stable provincially and case rates are decreasing across Interior Health, but new hospitalizations are elevated and rising slowly provincially. New deaths are also low, but slowly increasing as well.

The majority of new cases and hospitalizations continue to be amongst those who are unvaccinated. While fully vaccinated people account for about 73 per cent of the population, they make up just 33 per cent of cases and 21 per cent of hospitalizations over the last week.

From March 2020 until July 2021, COVID-19 was the seventh leading cause of death in the province.

In Golden, 91 per cent of those eligible for the vaccine have received a first dose, which is amongst the highest rates in the province. Revelstoke is just ahead at 94 per cent, and Kitimat is leading the way with 100 per cent first dose coverage.

For second doses, Golden is at 84 per cent of those 12+.

Full vaccination is now required for certain non-essential establishments. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose.

Booster shots are coming to the province, as well as vaccination for those aged 5-11. Vaccination registration is now open for children aged 5-11.

Golden’s vaccine clinic will once again be accepting walk in patients, with the addition of a drop-in clinic at the Civic Centre starting on Wednesday, Oct.13.

The clinic will be every Wednesday until Nov. 3 and will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Vaccines will also be available at the health unit located at the hospital, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The hospital will be by appointment only.

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