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New COVID-19 case rate drops in Rutland, across Okanagan

Okanagan cases dropping

New cases of COVID-19 continue to trend in the right direction across the Okanagan, as vaccination rates climb week over week.

The latest community-level COVID-19 data was recently released by the BC Centre for Disease Control, showing the average daily rate of infection in Rutland has continued to drop to 12 infections per 100,000 people between June 1 and 7. This is a 37 per cent drop from the week prior, and brings the community within range of some of the other areas in the Okanagan.

But while the case rate is moving in the right direction, it remains one of the highest in the province, with only Central Abbotsford (14 daily infections per 100,00 people), Grand Forks (16 daily infections per 100,00 people ) and Abbotsford rural (18 daily infections per 100,00 people) topping Rutland.

Grand Forks saw a significant rise in its daily rate of infection, from just one infection per 100,000 people the week prior, to its most recent 16.

The daily case rate in Downtown Kelowna rose slightly last week, to nine daily infections per 100,000 people, while the rates in the Okanagan Mission, Glenmore and West Kelowna all dropped, to three, six and six daily cases per 100,000 people respectively.

Meanwhile, the Central Okanagan Rural community health service area saw 10 daily infections per 100,000 people last week, while Vernon Centre/Coldstream recorded daily average rate of nine.

Vaccination rates continue to climb across the Okanagan as well, with Summerland leading the charge, with 73 per cent of its 12 and older population having received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Rutland still lags behind much of the Okanagan communities when it comes to vaccination rates, at 61 per cent of its 12+ population, but Enderby remains the lowest in the region, with just 54 per cent of its 12+ population having received one dose of the vaccine.

The Thompson-Okanagan regions largely lag behind the provincial vaccination rate though. Across B.C., 72.4 per cent of those 12 and over have received at least one dose of a vaccine. The only Thompson-Okanagan areas exceeding that average are Summerland and Kamloops Centre South.

As of Tuesday, there remains 368 active cases of the virus across the Interior. Thirteen people in the Interior remain hospitalized with COVID-19, nine of whom are in ICU.

A full list of the latest data from Thompson-Okanagan communities can be found below:

Daily infections per 100,000 people (June 1-7)

  • Downtown Kelowna: 9 (+1)
  • Okanagan Mission: 3 (-3)
  • Rutland: 12 (-7)
  • Glenmore: 6 (-3)
  • Central Okanagan Rural: 10 (+1)
  • West Kelowna: 6 (-2)
  • Lake Country: 7 (no change)
  • Summerland: 0 (-4)
  • Penticton: 3 (+1)
  • Keremeos: 0 (no change)
  • Southern Okanagan: 5 (+4)
  • Princeton: 0 (no change)
  • North Okanagan/Lumby: 6 (+2)
  • Vernon Centre/Coldstream: 9 (-2)
  • Armstrong/Spallumcheen: 8 (+3)
  • Enderby: 0 (-2)
  • Salmon Arm: 0 (-1)
  • Lower Thompson: 1 (-5)
  • Kamloops Centre North: 1 (-2)
  • Kamloops Centre South: 2 (no change
  • Merritt: 0 (-5)

12+ vaccination rates

  • Downtown Kelowna: 68% (+4)
  • Okanagan Mission: 72% (+6)
  • Rutland: 61% (+6)
  • Glenmore: 70% (+6)
  • Central Okanagan Rural: 63% (+3)
  • West Kelowna: 66% (+6)
  • Lake Country: 62% (+4)
  • Summerland: 73% (+1)
  • Penticton: 72% (+2)
  • Keremeos: 64% (+1)
  • Southern Okanagan: 71% (+4)
  • Princeton: 64% (+4)
  • North Okanagan/Lumby: 58% (+2)
  • Vernon Centre/Coldstream: 67% (+3)
  • Armstrong/Spallumcheen: 59% (+3)
  • Enderby: 54% (+1)
  • Salmon Arm: 63% (+1)
  • Lower Thompson: 66% (+3)
  • Kamloops Centre North: 67% (+2)
  • Kamloops Centre South: 74% (+4)
  • Merritt: 64% (+2)

Test positivity, public tests (June 1-7)

  • Downtown Kelowna: 7% (-3)
  • Okanagan Mission: 4% (-3)
  • Rutland: 12% (-2)
  • Glenmore: 6% (-2)
  • Central Okanagan Rural: 13% (+6)
  • West Kelowna: 7% (no change)
  • Lake Country: 6% (-1)
  • Summerland: 2% (-4)
  • Penticton: 4% (+2)
  • Keremeos: 0% (no change)
  • Southern Okanagan: 6% (+4)
  • Princeton: 0%
  • North Okanagan/Lumby: 12% (-2)
  • Vernon Centre/Coldstream: 7% (-3)
  • Armstrong/Spallumcheen: 6% (no change)
  • Enderby: 0% (-2)
  • Salmon Arm: 0% (-2)
  • Lower Thompson: 0% (-8)
  • Kamloops Centre North: 2% (no change)
  • Kamloops Centre South: 3% (+1)
  • Merritt: 0% (-11)


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