Revelstoke COVID-19 update: Two new cases in latest weekly reporting period

Two new COVID-19 cases recorded in Revelstoke Local Health Area Mar. 14–20.

Downtown Revelstoke in March 2021. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

There have been two new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the Revelstoke Local Health Area during the latest weekly period covering Mar. 14–20.

The latest statistic was released by the BC Centre for Disease Control on Mar. 24.

The weekly COVID-19 case map from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control covering the week of Mar. 14–20, 2021. Image: BC Centre for Disease Control

During the previous weekly period, there were no cases reported in the Revelstoke LHA for the first time since late October.

Latest counts

Here are the numbers for new COVID-19 cases in the Revelstoke LHA since provincial health authorities started releasing them on a weekly basis:

Epi-week 11: Mar. 14–20: 2 cases
Epi-week 10: Mar. 7–13: 0 cases
Epi-week 9: Feb. 28–Mar. 6, 2021: 3 cases
Epi-week 8: Feb. 21–27, 2021: 1 case
Epi-week 7: Feb. 14–20, 2021: 4 cases
Epi-week 6: Feb. 7–13, 2021: 22 cases
Epi-week 5: Jan. 31–Feb 6, 2021: 19 cases
Epi-week 4: Jan. 24–30, 2021: 12 cases
Epi-week 3: Jan. 17–23, 2021: 2 cases
Epi-week 2: Jan. 10–16, 2021: 16 cases
Epi-week 1: Jan. 3–9, 2021: 16 cases
Epi-week 53: Dec. 27, 2020–Jan 2, 2021: 37 cases
Epi-week 52: Dec. 20–26, 2020: 22 cases
Epi-week 51: Dec. 13–19, 2020: 7 cases
Epi-week 50: Dec. 6–12, 2020: 1 case
Epi-week 49: Nov. 29–December 5, 2020: 7 cases

Revelstoke immunization update: about 4% of residents receive COVID-19 vaccines so far

In response to an inquiry from the Mountaineer, an Interior Health spokesperson said 434 people in total have been vaccinated in Revelstoke as of Mar. 24, including all vaccinations in the local area. That is about 4% of Revelstoke Local Health Area residents.
During the pandemic, some have wondered what population number health authorities use for Revelstoke Local Health Area COVID-19 calculations. The answer is 10,696 for 2021.

That’s for the Revelstoke Local Health Area (LHA), a vast but sparsely populated zone that encompasses all nearby residences and beyond, north to Mica Dam and south to the Shelter Bay area.

That is the number used to calculate statistics, such as rates per 100,000 population.

A BCCDC spokesperson said it uses the BC Stats numbers, which are updated annually.

In 2020 it was 10,628 for the Revelstoke LHA.

You can use the BC Stats Population Projection web app here to find population numbers for various areas in B.C.

Vaccination clinics continue at the Revelstoke Community Centre, with eligibility based on age and other factors. For details on how and when to book an appointment, see this Interior Health page.

What is the rate of vaccination participation among Interior Health staff?

The Cottonwoods Care Centre facility outbreak in Kelowna highlighted the issue of vaccine participation among Interior Health staff. According to Interior Health, 35% of staff at the facility, where there was an active COVID-19 outbreak, had not received vaccination despite it being offered to them.

On Mar. 7, Revelstoke Mountaineer inquired with Interior Health about vaccination participation rates among Interior Health staff.

We have followed up with Interior Health several times since requesting the number, but to date Interior Health has not provided the data, saying it rests with provincial authorities. An IH spokesperson said they had inquired but not received a response.

It is unknown what the rate of COVID-19 vaccine participation is among frontline health care staff in Revelstoke.

Race against VOCs main story in B.C. again this week

New cases are on the rise across B.C., although the Interior Health area continues to avoid the troubling trends in the other health authority areas in B.C.

B.C. recorded 716 new cases on Mar. 24.

There have been 71 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in B.C. as of Mar. 24, for a total of 1,581 cases. Of the total cases, 148 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 1,397 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 44 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 140 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.

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