Map showing the geographic distribution of cases in the province. (BC CDC photo)

Map showing the geographic distribution of cases in the province. (BC CDC photo)

Golden sees 8 new cases of COVID-19

Cases have slowly increase over the last two weeks; case rate in IH remains stable but high

The BC CDC is reporting another slight increase in cases in Golden, with eight new cases for the week of Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, an increase from the six new cases the week prior.

Surrounding communities have also seen numbers stay low, with two cases in Revelstoke, four in Windermere region, seven in Kimberley and 16 in Fernie.

Cranbrook saw a significant jump with 90 new cases in one week.

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

Golden’s vaccination rate continues to climb, hitting the 90 per cent coverage benchmark for a first dose in those 12+, and 81 per cent for a second dose.

Vaccination rates are lowest in those aged 12-17, with only 76 pre cent reporting a first jab, compared to 93 per cent for those aged 18-49, and 89 per cent for those 50+. Only 64 per cent of those aged 12-17 have a second shot, whereas 80 per cent of those 18-49 have received a full round of vaccination and 85 per cent of those 50+ have gone for both doses.

Double vaccination will soon be required for certain non-essential services as a part of the B.C. Vaccine Card program, which sets Oct. 24 as the date to be fully vaccinated by.

Seven out of every ten new cases are in unvaccinated people, according to the BC CDC, despite accounting for just 22 per cent of the total population, and 12 per cent of the eligible for vaccination population. Four out of every five hospitalizations are in unvaccinated individuals.

While hospitalizations remain elevated, they are stable provincially. Case rates are increasing slightly in the province, but are stable in Interior Health, although case rates remain high.

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

The vaccination clinic is now appointment only, with walk ins recommencing on Oct. 13, most likely at the Civic Centre. To book a vaccine appointment, register online at the government of BC website, or call 1-833-838-2323.

B.C. will now be rolling out additional third dose ‘booster shots’ for those who are severely immunocompromised, as studies show that this will help these individuals create more antibodies.

You will be contacted by the provincial Get Vaccinated system about how and when to receive a third dose. After receiving an email or text, you can visit any vaccine clinic for a drop-in appointment four weeks after your second dose. Starting Oct. 6, you can also book an appointment online or by phone.

If you believe you meet the first group criteria of severely immunocompromised patients and have not been contacted yet, get in touch with your health care provider.

You do not need a third dose to be considered fully vaccinated on your BC Vaccine Card.