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

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

Three new cases of COVID-19 in Golden area

Cases are levelling off across the province but remain high in East Kootenays

The BC CDC is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 for the week of April 11-17 in the Golden area.

It’s a rise from the one new case the week prior.

However, the numbers may be artificially low, as data is on a week delay and reports of additional cases are cropping up across town.

To date, Town Hall and the Credit Union have closed to the public out of an abundance of caution due to exposure to positive COVID cases.

”Our decision to close was made after we were notified of internal exposures to COVID-19. We do not believe there is any risk of exposure to our members or the public,” read a Facebook post from the Credit Union.”

“Since the beginning of this pandemic, our branch and offices have operated under strict COVID-19 workplace safety measures, including working from home, masks, distancing, plexiglass barriers and regular cleaning.”

“Our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of the public and our employees,” read a Facebook post from the town.

“Town of Golden staff will continue to work and provide essential services based on our business continuity plan.”

A letter from Mountain Child mentioned that a family that used their service tested positive, but had chosen to self-isolate prior to developing symptoms.

“We ask, again that you are taking every precatuion possible at keeping the centre, our families and our community safe,” read the letter.

The Physicians of Golden made reference to the fact that people in the community have been directly impacted by the virus in their April 19 update on Facebook.

“We see the short and long term effects on the health of those affected. People in our community have been directly affected by this virus, some experiencing the disease and others having lost loved ones to it,” read the post.

“In 5 weeks we can protect over half the population. Now is the time to bite the bullet, follow the public health orders, and look forward to a healthier summer.”

Case counts are starting to level off across the province as signs of the third wave plateauing over the seven day rolling average, but cases remain high in the East Kootenays, with 14 cases in Windermere, 17 in Kimberley, 15 in Cranbrook and four in Fernie.

Across Rogers Pass, there are 11 new cases in Revelstoke.

Maps of new cases reported each week in each local health area can be found on the BC Centre for Disease Control website under BC COVID-19 data. Also available are graphs from the BCCDC Comparisons App showing how each health authority is doing in terms of positive test rates by month.

Vaccination has expanded for registration for everyone 18+ by the end of the week. Register for the vaccine at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/plan.