Golden had 14 cases of COVID-19 between Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, according to data released by Interior Health on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 5.
It’s a steep increase from the three active cases two weeks prior and the zero active cases over Christmas.
During that time period, the average daily rate per 100,000 people in Golden was over 20,which is comparable to the rate in Revelstoke, where cases are rising as Interior Health doctors become concerned over the community as a hot spot for COVID.
The BC CDC also updated the cumulative totals through the end of December, with Golden totalling 32 cases from the start of the pandemic in January until Dec. 31, 2020. This total does not reflect all of the cases in the Dec. 26 – Jan. 2, as some would not have made the Dec. 31 cutoff.
This means that Golden has around 300-600 cases per 100,000 people, one of the more densely concentrated collection of cases in the Kootenays. Fernie is the only other community experiencing a similar rate of cases in the valley, with 59 since the start of the pandemic. Fernie only registered one new case between Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.