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)

BC CDC reporting 1 new case of COVID-19 in Golden area

Vaccine coverage holding steady at 93 per cent for a first dose, 87 per cent for a second

Golden’s COVID-19 numbers are holding steady, with the BC CDC reporting just one new case of the virus in the area for the week of Nov. 14 to Nov. 20.

Case counts remain low in the Elk Valley, with Windermere seeing their count go down to 10, and seven in Kimberley and six in Fernie.

Cranbrook is the hot spot this week, with 41 new cases, putting them up with the highest case rates in the province, with over 20 cases per population of 100,000.

Across Rogers Pass, Revelstoke saw no new cases.

Case rates are elevated but continue to decline provincially, while remaining stable in Interior Health.

New hospitalizations also remain stable, and new deaths are low and stable according to the BC CDC.

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

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Based on data over the last four weeks, unvaccinated individuals are eight times more likely to contract COVID-19, 31 times more likely to be hospitalized when sick, and 20 times more likely to die than their vaccinated counterparts, according to the BC CDC.

Over the past week, fully vaccinated individuals represented 77 per cent of BC’s total population, but accounted for 40 per cent of cases and 24 per cent of hospitalizations.

This means that while only 23 per cent are unvaccinated, the unvaccinated disproportionately make up the majority of cases.

Golden’s vaccine coverage for a first dose remains at 93 per cent of those 12+, with 87 per cent being fully vaccinated. It’s the first time that there hasn’t been an increase since vaccination began.

Vaccines are now available for kids aged 5-11, with about 91,000 of 350,000 eligible children have been registered for vaccination so far.

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.

Booster shots are also being handed out right now.

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

The Delta variant continues to account for almost 100 per cent of all cases in B.C.