Small drop in Revelstoke COVID case rate in latest weekly report

The Revelstoke case rate dropped slightly in the latest bi-weekly period, according to statistics released by the BC Centre for Disease Control on Aug. 20.

A family group takes a break across from the Revelstoke United Church in mid-July. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

The Revelstoke COVID-19 daily new case rate has dropped slightly in the latest weekly period from Aug. 13-19, according to statistics from the BC Centre for Disease Control released on Aug. 20.

For the week, the daily case rate was 33 infections per 100,000 people in the Revelstoke Local Health Area, down from 37 the previous week.

Revelstoke recorded a small decrease in COVID-19 case numbers in the latest weekly period ending Aug. 19, according to statistics released by the BC Centre for Disease Control. Image BCCDC image

For Revelstoke, the case rate translates into 25 new COVID-19 cases in the weekly period between Aug. 13-19.

The bi-weekly case rate numbers are the most timely indicators of the current COVID-19 situation in Revelstoke. The reporting period for case rates and epi-weeks overlap, so the actual numbers of cases per epi-week will be different when the next epi-week total is released on Aug. 25.

Currently, 86% of Revelstoke LHA residents have received a first dose, 76% a second dose.

Central Okanagan case rate declines for first time during fourth wave

The population of the Central Okanagan Local Health Area (LHA) is 221,948, much larger than many of the smaller LHAs in the Interior Health region, so increases or decreases there have a heavily weighted impact on statistics from the region.

The case rate in the Central Okanagan, the epicentre of the delta-variant-driven fourth wave in B.C., went down for the first time since the new variant arose and local restrictions went into place three weeks ago in late July.

In the past week, the case rate dropped from 62 per day per 100,000, to 49 per day in the week ending Aug. 19.

Interior Health update

In Interior Health there are now 23 people in ICU and 49 hospitalized with COVID. There were 274 new cases reported today, and now 3,504 active. Interior Health remains the runaway hotspot in B.C.

There is a concerning situation in Nelson, B.C., the provinical hotspot per capita, where the case rate continues to rise rapidly, jumping from 57 to 74. During the last epi-week, Nelson recorded 117 new cases. Now, Nelson has a weekly case rate of 148.

A physician at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital has warned the small ICU there is nearing capacity and could be overwhelmed.

Local municipal leadership has been actively calling for restrictions and the regional government announced mask restrictions in its facilities earlier today.

Interior Health president encouraged people to get vaccinated, focusing on young people. “The vast majority of our cases are in people who are unimmunized or partially immunized and in adults between 20-40 years old.”

New COVID-19 restrictions for Interior Health

On Aug. 20, the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced restrictions in the Central Okanagan are now expanding to all of Interior Health. For details on the new restrictions, see this story:

B.C. government extends COVID restrictions across Interior Health, including Revelstoke

Correction: The story originally stated the COVID-19 second dose rate as 72%. In fact it was 76% at the time. 

Aaron Orlando is a Revelstoke-based journalist who serves as creative director of and Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. He's been on the news beat in Revelstoke for the past 14 years, serving in senior editorial roles. If you have or call/text him at 250-814-8710.