The BC CDC is reporting just one new case of COVID-19 for the Golden area for the week of Nov. 7 to Nov. 13.
It’s the fifth straight week that Golden has been in the case rate of 0.1 – 5.0 cases per population of 100,000, the lowest it can be without being zero.
The last time Golden had over 5.0 cases per population of 100,000 was for the week of Oct. 3 to Oct. 9, when four new cases were reported.
Case rates also remain low in Revelstoke, which saw two new cases, as well as in Fernie (six) and Kimberley (three). Cranbrook saw 27 cases last week.
Just to the south of Golden, Windermere region still has an elevated case rate, with 12 new cases, putting them in the 15.1 – 20 cases per population of 100,000 case rate, the second highest case rate.
The north continues to be a hot spot, with the most elevated case rates at over 20 cases per population of 100,000 in most regions.
Case rates are elevated but beginning to decrease provincially, although they are continuing to rise in Interior Health. New hospitalizations are elevated and stable provincially, and new deaths are low, although the BC CDC says they are elevated when compared to spring.
The majority of new cases and hospitalizations continue to be among unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated individuals are 10 times more likely to become a case, 57 times more likely to be hospitalized and 47 times more likely to die than their fully vaccinated counterparts, according to the BC CDC.
In Golden, 93 per cent of people 12+ have received a first dose, with 87 per cent being fully vaccinated.
Pfizer is expected to be approved by Health Canada for kids aged 5-11 by the end of the week, with Dr. Bonnie Henry saying to expect jabs to be dolled out before Christmas.
Moderna has also asked for approval from Health Canada for kids aged 5-11.
Booster shots are also on their way, with third doses being rolled out for vulnerable populations, those aged 70+, andIndigenous people aged 18+ eligible for the third dose.
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.