Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Smithers nears 300 cases of COVID from weekly review; many communities continue to see rise of case counts

Local Health Authority COVID review by region 
for January 9 -- January 15

Wednesday's data release from the BC CDC,  for the most recent reporting period,  has delivered another spike for the Northwest as we move through the Omicron phase of the coronavirus.

For the week of January 9-15, Smithers once again dominates the findings, adding close to another 100 cases to bring their total to  293 cases of COVID reported 

Terrace has seen a slight increase in the period, marking 116 up from  109 cases of COVID last week.

Prince Rupert also saw a sharp increase from 72 cases seven days ago, to 90 in the current period.

Kitimat, Nechako and Upper Skeena all saw declines from last week, other areas held the levels, or saw slight increases for the week.

The full review across the region for the week of January 9 to January 15  from the BC CDC looks as follows:

Smithers -- 293 cases
Terrace -- 116 cases
Prince Rupert -- 90 cases
Burns Lake -- 53 cases
Kitimat --  51 cases
Nechako -- 41 cases 
Upper Skeena --  40 cases
Central Coast -- 29 cases
Haida Gwaii -- 28 cases
Snow Country-Stikine- Telegraph Creek --  13 cases
Bella Coola Valley --  12 cases
Nisga'a Region -- 5

Wednesday's provincial report lists  260 new cases of COVID for Northern Health,  with 1,504 Active cases

With the case count now jumping in exponential numbers, the focus turns to the key indicators of impact on the health care system, that of admissions for hospitalization and those in critical care

For the Northern Health Region in total as of Wednesday, 33 patients are listed as in hospital an increase of twenty from last week,  with 11 noted as in Critical Care, up from 3 seven days ago.

The  breakdown of hospitalization by community in the Northern Health region is not included in the data release information.

Yesterday, Northern Health outlined how the current increase in cases and staffing issues were making for challenges in service delivery, providing an update on their plans for regional health facilities across the north.

Charts for British Columbia as a whole and for 
the Northern Health Region from the BC CDC for January 9-15

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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