The BC CDC is reporting 17 new cases of COVID-19 in the Golden area for the week of Dc. 19-25, a significant rise from the four that were reported the week prior.
Golden is now in the over 20 cases per population of 100,000 case rate, as high as the BC CDC reports.
Surrounding areas are also seeing a surge in cases as yet another wave of COVID crashes over B.C., with Revelstoke reporting 142 new cases during that seven day period, Windermere seeing 23, 39 in Fernie, 11 in Kimberley and 38 in Cranbrook.
The new Omicron variant is behind the recent surge in the province in cases, as B.C. reaches new heights of the pandemic each day, setting new daily records for new cases. Over Christmas, more than 2,000 cases a day were being reported.
The recent surge was enough for the B.C. government to delay return to in-person learning in schools, with all K-12 students returning to class on Jan. 10 now.
Rapid COVID-19 tests will be available at Interior Health Community Collection Centres (testing centres), beginning the week of Dec. 27, with the Golden location at the Golden hospital.
No appointment is required to pick up a rapid test. Access may be temporarily limited depending on the supply available.
Golden is still reporting 94 per cent coverage for first dose of the vaccine for those aged 12+, and 90 per cent for two doses.
For those aged 5-11, Golden has 33 per cent coverage for a 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.