57 new COVID-19 cases in Revelstoke in January, cumulative total now 163

There were 57 new COVID-19 cases in Revelstoke in January 2021, the same number of new cases as recorded in December 2020. The new cumulative total for the Revelstoke Local Health Area is 163.

Walkers enjoy the late January sunshine while a volunteer prepares to groom the cross-country ski tracks near the Revelstoke Greenbelt. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

Revelstoke recorded a total of 57 new COVID-19 cases in January 2021, bringing the total number of cases recorded by health authorities since the pandemic started in the Local Health Area (LHA) to 163.

The new data comes as the BC Centre for Disease Control released monthly cumulative case counts for LHAs in B.C.

This graphic shows the geographic distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area in B.C. as of the end of January, 2021. Image: BC Centre for Disease Control

At the end of October 2020, there had been three cases recorded in Revelstoke, all from the early months of the pandemic.

Revelstoke enjoyed a summer and fall with no new cases recorded here up to and including Halloween.

The number of COVID-19 cases recorded in Revelstoke spiked in November, and by the end of the month, 46 new cases brought the cumulative total to 49.

In December, Revelstoke added 57 new cases, bringing the total to 106 at the end of 2020.

In the latest January period, Revelstoke once again added 57 new cases to the total, bringing the total to 163 and the monthly average to just below two new cases per day.

On a cumulative count basis per capita, Revelstoke joins Carboo/Chilcotin and Kettle Valley with the highest per capita cumulative case rates in Interior Health. Although the Central Okanagan LHA which includes Kelowna has seen 2,739 cumulative cases, driving COVID-19 case numbers in the health region, the per capita rate in Revelstoke is higher.

In the most recent weekly period covering Jan. 24–30, there were 12 new cases recorded in Revelstoke.

Health authorities do not release the number of active cases per LHA, so that number is unknown.

Provincial news

On Feb. 5, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced COVID-19 restrictions that were set to expire will be extended, saying they were needed to protect progress. On Feb. 4, the province also announced new mask protocols for students in middle and high schools.

B.C. has sequenced 4,500 COVID-19 cases to check for COVID-19 variants such as the South Africa or U.K. variant, and detected 28 cases in those samples. The province says the variants are still considered rare here, but the concern is that more transmissible variants could lead to increased transmission in the coming weeks.

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