One new Revelstoke COVID-19 case in new weekly reporting period

One new case in Revelstoke Local Health Area during the most recent week. Outbreaks at Big White and mine complex at Elkford.

File photo: The Columbia River next to Centennial Park in Revelstoke. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

There has been one new COVID-19 case in Revelstoke in the most recent weekly reporting period.

The case in the Revelstoke Local Health was registered the weekly period starting Dec. 6 and ending Dec. 12. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) released the data on Dec. 16.

Last week provincial health authorities announced that local health area data would be released on a weekly basis, and this was the first reporting period under the new weekly system. Previously, data on case counts in the province’s 89 local health areas was only reported on a monthly basis, usually a week to 10 days after the end of the month. Local health areas (LHA) are the smallest division of B.C. health authorities, and Revelstoke and area is its own LHA. Provincial authorities say they plan to update new weekly cases on Wednesdays.

A BCCDC image of COVID-19 cases by Local Health Area in B.C. between Dec. 6-12, 2020. Image: BCCDC

Also, last week, Interior Health (IH) announced that the Revelstoke COVID-19 cluster, which started in November, was “contained.” The health authority also announced that it would cease reporting out data on the cluster. At the time, there were 12 active cases of COVID-19 in Revelstoke. The number of active cases is now unavailable.

In response to a question from revelstokemountaineer.com, an IH spokesperson said the health authority will not be providing information on any hospitalizations in Revelstoke.

Regional numbers

On Dec. 16, IH reported 91 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 2,998, of which 843 are active. There are 28 people in hospital, seven of whom are in ICU. One more person has died, bringing the total to eight.

Teck Elkford cases

IH has declared an outbreak at the Teck Elkford mine facility, with 27 cases reported at three different sites on Dec. 16.

Big White ski resort outbreak

On Dec. 15, IH announced 60 cases at the Big White ski resort, and plans to provide an update on the situation on Dec. 18.

Some increased enforcement measures

Also on Dec. 16, the provincial government announced some enhanced enforcement measures, including suspending a grace period for unpaid COVID-19 fines and sending them directly to collection, asking a variety of enforcement officers to increase COVID-19 enforcement while conducting daily business, and asking WorkSafeBC to ramp up in-person inspections.

This post was published by a member of the Revelstoke Mountaineer staff. Stories published under the staff byline include news briefs, stories that consist mostly of media releases, social media post shares, and stories by contributors with the author's name listed in the body of the story.