BC CDC map showing geographic breakdown of cases in the province.

BC CDC map showing geographic breakdown of cases in the province.

29 new cases of COVID-19 in Golden; BC CDC

T he testing positivity rate is 32 per cent in Golden for public tests

The BC CDC is reporting 29 new cases of COVID-19 in Golden for the week of Jan. 23 to Jan. 29, a decrease from the week prior.

However, the decrease may be due to a lack of access to tests, which would be on par with what other areas in Canada are experiencing, according to Dr. Bonnie Henry.

As well, the numbers are reliant on those who test positive at home self-reporting their diagnosis to the BC CDC, which can be done online.

The numbers are widely believed to be an underrepresentation of the amount of cases, as currently the testing positivity rate is 32 per cent in Golden for public tests.

Henry has said that anything above a five per cent test-positivity rate is concerning.

PCR tests are available daily by appointment for those eligible, which is those that are under five years old, over 65 years old, a healthcare worker, or are living in group housing settings such as Abbeyfield.

The booking website will have most recent eligibility.

Rapid antigen tests are available for pick up daily between 8:30 am MST and noon from the seacan in the hospital car park for those age 4 years old to 64 years old who have symptoms.

In Golden, 95 per cent of those aged 12+ have received a first dose of the vaccine, while 91 per cent are considered fully vaccinated.

For those aged five to 11, 46 per cent have received a first dose.

Booster shots are now available for those 18+.

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.

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