Thursday, September 16, 2021

Smithers surges in weekly COVID data review, Prince Rupert levels remain low

When it comes to new COVID cases the Smithers region
now has the highest rate or reported cases per capita in the provinc

The epicentre for COVID in the Northwest, if not the province at the moment is clearly centred on the Bulkley Valley. With the Smithers region accounting for the second highest level of new COVID cases in all of the Northern Health region in the last seven days.

117 cases were reported from the Smithers area from the most recent report released yesterday. The Bulkley Valley community  now an area for concern, trailing only the much larger population area of Prince George which recorded 247 cases in the most recent report of September 5 to 11.

The concerning numbers out of Smithers caught the attention of Stikine MLA Nathan Cullen on Wednesday who used his social media forum to outline his concerns.

On the North Coast, Prince Rupert had only two new cases to report over the last seven days, that makes for a decline of one from last weeks information release.

The full review across the region looks as follows:

Smithers -- 117 cases
Nechako -- 72 cases
Terrace --
 17 cases
Burns Lake -- 16 cases
Upper Skeena --  5 cases
Kitimat --
 3 cases
Prince Rupert -- 2 cases
Nisga'a Region -- 2 cases
Bella Coola Valley -- 2 cases
Snow Country-Stikine- Telegraph Creek -- 2 cases
Haida Gwaii -- 0 cases
Central Coast --
 0 cases

Wednesday's provincial report lists 62 new cases for Northern Health, 849 Active cases.

There are currently 46 residents of the North hospitalized from COVID , with 12 listed as requiring Critical Care

BC CDC COVID data results for Wednesday September 15, 2021

The full report from the Province for Wednesday can be reviewed here

The larger BC CDC Data release is available here.

Past information statements on COVID and other notes on the Northwest response can be reviewed from our archive page.

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